Winter weather

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This page provides the latest information on coping with severe weather conditions such as flooding and snow and will be updated with service information from Daventry District Council in the event of severe weather. 

The latest updates on any Daventry District Council services affected by severe weather will also appear on our Twitter feed @DaventryDC and Facebook page.


Flooding advice

In an emergency

If you have a flooding emergency where there is danger to life please call 999 or 112.

Although Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue’s main responsibility is saving lives, they may also help pump out floodwater from your property depending on how busy they are.

During a flood incident you should focus on the safety of yourself and others and make sure to stay out of floodwater. Go to  Northamptonshire County Council's Flood Toolkit page for more details on what to do.


Non-emergencies

For non-emergencies the nature of the flooding depends who you report the flood to.

Main River Flooding: The Environment Agency

Burst Water Mains and Sewer Flooding: Local water company: Anglian Water - Severn Trent Water - Thames Water

Flooding on motorways and some A-roads (A5, A14, A45, A43): Highways England

Flooding on other roads: Northamptonshire Highways

Surface water, groundwater, ordinary watercourses: Northamptonshire County Council

Find out more on the County Council's Floodkit

After a flood, regardless of who you initially reported it to, please also report it to the county council here


Sign-up for flood updates

You can sign up to receive flood warnings from the Environment Agency here

Snow and ice: Roads advice and gritting

Northamptonshire Highways is responsible for gritting the majority of the road network in Northamptonshire. Find out more on the Northamptonshire Highways website or  follow Northamptonshire Highways on Twitter

Motorways and trunk roads in the county (the M1, A14, M45, A45 east of Northampton, A5 and A43 south of Northampton) are gritted by Highways England


Weather forecast

Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk for the latest weather information.

 

Winter safety

General advice for staying safe:

  • Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
  • Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
  • Stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance (have deliveries or ask a friend to help).
  • Take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls.
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby, if unable to do so yourself.
  • Make sure your car windscreen is clear of snow and ice before setting off on your journey.  
  • Never venture out on to icy ponds, no matter how solid the ice looks.
  • Wear warm layers of clothing and shoes or boots with a good grip.
  • Use a fireguard and have your chimney swept regularly if you have an open fire.
  • Keep candles and a torch with spare batteries in easy reach in case of power cuts.

 

For general advice and information on how to cope with winter weather conditions  visit the Get Ready for Winter website or  Public Health England

Information for elderly people about keeping warm this winter is also available from www.ageuk.org.uk

For health advice, including how to keep warm and well over the winter, visit the NHS Choices website or the NHS Stay Well website

Energy supplies

While the UK's gas and electricity supply is very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption, so Western Power Distribution (WPD) has the following advice:


  • Know your free emergency numbers: in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home: Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • Register as a vulnerable customer: Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. If you live in the Midlands, South West or South Wales you can  register with WPD here. If you live in a different area you can contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit  www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is. 
  • Keep your eyes open: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.