Flood preparation and help after a flood

It is important to be prepared for flooding. If the worst happens and you are affected by flooding, the information and advice below can help.

Make sure you stay up to date during a flood by using the contacts listed below.

Read GOV.UK information on planning, managing and recovering from a flood.

Follow the steps below to make sure you are prepared for flooding:

If flooding happens, it is important to:

Sandbags

If you live in an area at risk from flooding, you can buy sandbags from local builders' merchants to help protect your property.

Mobile homes and caravans

Mobile and temporary buildings can be at particular risk in high winds. Anyone who is living in or using a temporary building or caravan should consider alternatives, such as staying with friends and family or, if you are on a campsite, moving to communal brick buildings on site.

Garden furniture

Garden furniture could be a danger to others. You should make sure everything is secure to minimise risk if high winds are forecast.

Danger areas

During poor weather, there are particular dangers associated with coastal areas and rivers. You should stay away from high or strong waves. Avoid walking or driving through floodwater as there may be underwater dangers.

Power lines

Do not assume that power lines that are on the ground or hanging low are dead as they may remain live or could become live. Report low and grounded power cables to UK Power Networks and do not approach within 5m of low or grounded power cables.

If you have been affected by flooding make sure you continue to stay up to date. We will let you know when it is safe to return to your property.