The Environment Agency state that over five million people are at risk from flooding in the UK. Flooding is one of the greatest risks to people and the environment in Nottinghamshire - it is vital that you prepare yourself.
Are you at risk from flooding?
The Flood Map on the Environment Agency's website can establish how vulnerable your property may be to flooding. See if you are at risk: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx
The Environment Agency's Floodline (0845 988 1188) is a free service that provides flood warnings directly to you by telephone, mobile, fax or pager. Practical advice on preparing for a flood and what to do if one happens is also available.
If you are unsure of whether your property is susceptable to flooding call Floodline on tel: 0845 988 1188.
Flood warning stages
There are four stages of flood warning for the public, each of which is associated with a level of flood risk and a specific action message:
These are issued when flooding is posing significant risk to life or disruption to communities.
For further information on Flood Warnings and to view Nottinghamshire's current status visit the Environment Agency's website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/flood/floodwarning
How can I prepare?
Protect your property
Making your property resilient to floodwater will limit the distress and damage caused by flooding, which means less costly repairs and less time out of your home or business premises. If you are a homeowner, it is your responsibility to protect your property from flooding.
Download the Environment Agency’s guide to preparing your property for flooding.
Visit the Blue Pages directory to see what products and services are available to help protect your property.
Sandbags are a short term and relatively cheap way to manage flooding, but only if they are filled and placed correctly. However, they are relatively ineffective when compared to purpose-designed flood protection products. They are of no use if a property is flooded.
Download the Environment Agency’s guide to using sandbags properly.
If you require sandbags you should buy them from local builder’s merchants or DIY stores in advance of flooding.
The Council has no legal duty to provide sandbags – it is the resident’s responsibility to protect their property as far as possible. However, when flooding is threatened, Nottinghamshire County Council may have limited supplies of sandbags for responding to emergency requests from vulnerable residents who are unable to provide their own.
The County Council cannot guarantee the delivery of sandbags as roads may be impassable due to flooding and requests may not meet the sandbag prioritisation criteria that the Council follow.
Please refer to the below guidance to see if you are eligible for sandbags. If you meet the criteria, contact Nottinghamshire County Council on:
- 0300 500 80 80 80 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 8am to 12pm)
- 01253 502776 (out of above hours)
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Care homes / hospitals
(business delivering a critical service e.g. risk to life if service cannot be delivered due to flooding of premises)
If a business provides a potentially ‘life saving’ service, and its buildings are in danger of becoming flooded, then sandbags may be provided with recommendation that facility makes future arrangements to provide their own.
Other businesses, that do not deliver a ‘life saving’ service should be encouraged to secure their own sandbag resource. Sandbags will not be provided.
Property that is currently flooded
Sandbags will not alleviate the situation once a property has flooded. Sandbags will not be provided.
Home owner should contact their insurer.
Property at risk of flooding
Properties in imminent danger of flooding that are occupied by vulnerable residents (elderly, disability and reduced mobility) who are unable to help themselves. Sandbags will be provided. Sandbags can take up to 3hrs to be delivered. 10-15 sandbags per request will be supplied for blocking doorways front and back.
If the resident has access to a Community Resilience Store / community sandbag stocks, sandbags will not be provided. Resident should contact store key holder.
All other requests are prioritised to those of greatest need if there is capacity– sandbags are not guaranteed. Residents are advised to purchase their own.
Property at negligible risk of flooding or request sandbags when there is no current flood threat
Sandbags will not be provided.
Resident is advised to purchase their own.
Sheds, garages, gardens and outbuildings
Sandbags will not be provided.
Sand bags are not guaranteed. Residents at flood risk who wish to use sandbags are advised to purchase their own in advance of a flood.
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What to do with sandbags after a flood (disposal of sandbags)
Local Authorities do not usually provide a disposal service for sandbags. For countywide flood incidents it is likely that a disposal arrangement will be set up which may consist of the provision of skips in affected communities. If a collection service is being offered by your local authority it will be advertised after the flooding incident.
If sandbags have not come into contact with flood water, you should keep them for potential future flooding. They need to be kept dry.
If sandbags have come into contact with flood water you can follow the below advise:
- Split the bag and dig sand into your garden. Empty bags can be placed in your wheelie bin or taken to your local recycling centre.
- Do not place full bags in wheelie bins.
- If you are moving sandbags which have been contaminated by flood water please ensure you wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Wet sandbags are very heavy.
- If you are not physically able to lift and a family member or neighbour cannot assist you, contact your local authority for further assistance.
- Make sure that children do not play with sand which has been contaminated by flood water.
Write a flood plan
The Environment Agency has an online tool to help you draw-up a flood plan. This will detail what you need to do if your property floods. This will help reduce damage to your property and will ensure that you and your family are prepared for flooding.
Ensure you have home insurance in place to cover both building (unless rented) and contents.
If you have buildings cover, your insurer will dry, clean, repair and restore your home. If you have contents cover, your insurer will dry, clean and restore your possessions or replace or pay for any possessions that cannot be cleaned up or repaired.
Further information on insurance when living in a flood risk area.