If a flood threatens your area there are a number of steps you can take to minimise damage to your property, but remember safety should always be your first concern. If you live in a flood risk area you should always have preparations in place in case a flood should happen. Preparing a plan for what you should do in the event of a flood is well worth the time it may take. It could save you a lot of money, inconvenience and stress and could even save your life. The primary natural sources of flooding in Ireland are rivers (fluvial flooding), the sea (coastal and tidal flooding), intense rainfall (pluvial flooding), and groundwater.