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Advice if your home is at risk of flooding

Protect your home from flooding

It is the responsibility of property owners to take action to protect their property from flooding.  There are no defences that can guarantee protection from flooding events. However you can prepare in advance to reduce the risks.

You can:

If you own a watercourse, you have responsibilities for the stretch of watercourse you own, including removing blockages, fallen trees or overhanging branches from your watercourse. More details on


There is no requirement ofor the council to provide sandbags to properties. The expectation of the homeowner is to pre-plan for flood defence.

We only have a limited supply and our first priority will be to support and assist the vulnerable in our community and safeguard essential community buildings as appropriate.

However, sandbags can be purchased from DIY or building supplies shops.

Immediate risk of flooding

If your property is at immediate threat to flooding, please call the out-of-hours number 01483 523200.

Are you at risk of flooding?

Visit the website to find out more.

National Flood Forum

The National Flood Forum is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding. They:

  1. help communities to prepare for flooding in order to prevent it or mitigate its impacts
  2. help communities to recover their lives one they have been flooded
  3. campaign on behalf of flood risk communities and work with government and agencies to ensure that they develop a community perspective.

Advice from Public Health England

Public Health England advise that any flood water should be regarded as potentially contaminated and precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of infections:

  • Avoid contact with floodwater and wash your hands regularly.
  • Seek medical advice for illness and mention the flood if you see your GP within ten days for abdominal complaints.
  • Clean work surfaces before and after preparing food.
  • For food safety advice after flooding, including how to make baby food without mains water, contact the Food Standards Agency.
  • Do not eat food that has touched flood water and don't eat fresh food from the fridge or freezer if your electricity has been turned off.

For more detailed information including frequently asked health questions please see  

Page owner: Henry Ascoli. Last updated: 21/09/2020 12:53

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