Flooding advice

Floods can damage your property and flood water may contain sewerage and other contaminants that are a risk to your health. By planning ahead and taking precautions you can help reduce the impact of flooding on your household.

How to prepare

We've put together the following guidance for residents, covering what to do before, during and after a flood:

For further practical advice to keep you safe and help you prepare for a flood, visit The Flood Hub - what to do before, during and after a flood (external link).

For communities seeking advice on the flood risk to their property and how they can make it more flood-resistant, contact The Flood Advisory Service on 0800 970 3950, available Monday-Friday.

Keep up-to-date

There are a number of resources available to keep you up-to-date on the current flood situation and help you measure the flood risk to your property.

Protecting your property

Property owners are responsible for protecting their own properties in the event of a flood, if you are a tenant it will be your landlord who has this responsibility. 

Flood-damaged properties

  • For residents that have been evacuated, only return to your property if there is no police presence and the cordon has been removed.
  • Homeowners - contact your building and contents insurance company. Take photos or bring in the insurance assessor before tidying up/repairing any damage
  • Council tenants - report repairs online and contact your contents insurance company
  • Private rent tenants - check your tenancy agreement and contact your contents insurance company.

After a flood

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