To help your property and community stay safe from flooding there are some things you can do.

Simple things like creating a 'rain garden' and collecting water that runs off your roof in a water butt can help to reduce flooding. 

Wherever possible, keep your gardens lawned instead of flagging them or turning them into driveways. The drainage from a grassed area is much more gradual, helping the system in your local area to deal with the water from a rain storm event more effectively. If you do need to pave over an area of grass, choose permeable paving as this again allows for gradual drainage.