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Flooding emergencies

It is your responsibility as a homeowner or resident to protect your home from flooding.

We recommend taking precautionary measures and purchasing your own sandbags in case of flooding emergencies.

Flood Action  

Taking steps to prepare and know what to do in a flood can significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions, reduce risk to life and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.

The Flood Action campaign led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) continues until the end of March 2022, helping people in flood risk areas to know what to do in a flood.

We also encourage you to download the ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ flood plan to help reduce the impact of flooding.

  1. Where can I get sandbags from?

    You can purchase bags, filled or empty, from most local builder’s merchants or from the following suppliers:

  2. I can’t get sandbags, what do I do?

    If sandbags are not available, you can use:

    • rolled-up mats or carpets
    • bags of garden compost
    • pillow cases filled with soil (don't overfill them)
    • timber boards (possibly screwed to door frames and sealed with mastic)

  3. Where can I find information on flood warnings?

    You can find up to date information on flood warnings by visiting the flood warnings page on the Government's website.

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