Flood risks and warnings
- Check your flood risk using the government’s postcode search.
- Sign up for free flood warnings, which could save your life or property.
- Plan ahead and know what to do in a flood: download the Environment Agency’s ‘Prepare Act Survive’ flood guide.
If you’re in an area at risk of flooding, it’s important to have a personal flood plan. You can download a template for this from the government website.
For more advice about preparing for a flood, visit the Environment Agency's website.
Flood protection equipment
To prevent floodwater from entering your home, you can get flood protection equipment.
- Floodboards. These fix to window and door frames. They can be washed, stored and used again.
- Plastic covers to seal airbricks.
- Sandbags. We don't provide sandbags but your local council might. They will only have limited amounts though. You can buy your own sand and bags, or fill pillowcases and plastic bags with soil.
You should remove flood protection equipment once the floodwater has gone, to help your home dry out.
The National Flood Forum is a charity to help, support and represent people at risk of flooding. They have advice on their website.
If water mixes with electricity it can be fatal.
If your home has been damaged by a flood, follow the safety tips on the Electrical Safety first website.
If there is water entering your property due to rainfall or leaks from a flat above you, you will need to carry out immediate repairs.
Staying safe in floodwater
- Respect road closure signs, whether you’re driving or walking.
- Don’t attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow moving water can sweep you off your feet.
- There may be hidden dangers like open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels. These can cause serious injuries or even death.
- Don’t smoke, eat or drink while in contact with floodwater, and wash your hands afterwards as the water may be contaminated.
- If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and find safety on higher ground.
- Keep children and vulnerable people out of floodwater.
What to do if there’s a fire
- Get out of the building, closing any doors behind you.
- Stay out of the building.
- Call 999 and ask for the fire service.