The Environment Agency are appealing to residents of the West Midlands to ensure they are aware of their flood risk amid a rise in extreme weather events.

This year’s Flood Action Week from November 20 to 26 comes after an increase of extreme weather including the devastating Storms Babet and Ciaran.

Alan Lovell, Chair of the Environment Agency, said: "With a changing climate, the frequency and severity of flooding will only get worse.

"So far, this year has seen two devastating named storms, while the Midlands recorded its wettest ever three-day period."

Up to 16,700 properties were saved, despite Environment Agency warnings which affected 21,800 homes.

People living in the Worcestershire area are urged to prepare for potential flooding by getting to know what to do before, during, and after a flood.

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Simple measures can significantly reduce the damage to your home and belongings, with estimates it could cut losses by up to 40%.

Tony Rich, former AA Patrol of the Year, reinforced the need to take precautions particularly when driving.

He advised: " If you can safely manoeuvre around a flooded area, we’d advise you to do so as there could be a pothole or displaced drain cover lurking beneath the surface…Prepare for traffic delays by making sure you bring essentials with you on your journey."

The Environment Agency further suggests residents keep an eye out for the agency's warnings and sign up to get updates on their phone, text, or email.

Additionally, tools for checking long-term flood risk are also available online.

Now more than ever, residents are encouraged to educate themselves on measures to protect their homes.

Measures such as raising electrical sockets or using waterproof flooring can reduce the cost of repair work by as much as 73% after a major flood, as stated by Andy Bord, CEO of Flood Re.

Floods Minister Rebecca Pow said: "There are some simple steps we can all take to be better prepared should flooding occur such as checking your flood risk online and signing up for flood warnings and I would urge everyone to be proactive."

Flood damage doesn't just affect property but people as well.

The mental health impacts can be long-lasting, reinforcing the importance of preparing for such events.

With ever-increasing changes in the climate, the need to stay prepared has never been more crucial.