During a flood
Knowing what to do when a flood occurs is just as important as taking steps to be prepared.
In the event of a flood, you should focus on the safety of you and your family and make sure to:
- cooperate with the emergency services if they tell you to evacuate during flooding
- be prepared to act quickly and get yourself to safety.
If life is in danger, call 999.
Take action and stay safe
- ensure family and pets are safe and away from flood water and act on your personal flood plan
- gather essentials and move valuable items above expected water levels
- check on vulnerable neighbours or relatives
- follow any instructions given by the emergency services. You may be asked to evacuate your property at short notice, so ensure you have an emergency kit of essential items ready
- prepare your property with any flood protection measures and turn off water, gas and electricity before water enters your property
- ensure important documents are safe, including your home insurance details
- avoid driving or walking through flood water, there may be hidden dangers. Read our advice to motorists and pedestrians
- move vehicles to higher ground
- flood water is likely to be contaminated, wash your hands and follow good hygiene principles
- contact insurers if your home and possessions have been damaged and for rented properties, contact the property owner. Find out what to expect from your insurer
- for information about getting and using sandbags see preparing for a flood.
For further information see the Environment Agency leaflet: what to do before, during and after a flood.
Environment Agency Floodline – 0345 988 1188
- The Floodline provides information on the flood warnings issued for your area and other flood advice.
Flood Warnings Direct
- ensure you are registered to the Environment Agency flood warning service to receive notification of flooding in your area
- know what the different levels of flood warnings mean [PDF] and what action you need to take.
Listen to local media
- do not travel along roads that have been closed
- take it easy when driving through standing water to avoid the risk of aquaplaning
- only drive through water if you know that it's not too deep
- allow oncoming traffic to pass first and test your brakes as soon as possible after leaving the water
- if driving through deep water take it slowly but steadily, using a low gear, to avoid creating waves or causing your car engine to take in water
- use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced
- double the distance between your car and the car in front of you, as stopping distances are increased by wet roads
- do not attempt to drive through fast-moving water – your car could easily be swept away
- remember that driving fast through standing water is inconsiderate and can cause water to be thrown onto pavements, soaking pedestrians or cyclists. You could face a hefty fine if the police believe you were driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
- in the event of flooding, residents are reminded not to enter flood water in case of hidden hazards such as lifted manhole covers.
Report a flood
Register to receive our emailme flood bulletins. They’ll provide advice and information on how to be prepared, how we’re responding and the latest situation in Nottinghamshire.
Call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 (24-hour service)
|Type of flooding||Action||Contact|
|Sewers||Should be reported to your water company. See further information about who is responsible for which sewer pipes.||
|Roads and blocked highway drains/gullies||Can be reported online.||Report online or contact our Customer Service Centre: 0300 500 80 80|
Can be reported to our Customer Service team.
This is not an emergency response service. Information provided will be used to establish if an investigation needs to be carried out to help identify the cause of flooding, and possible prevention.
|Report online or contact our Customer Service Centre:
0300 500 80 80
Pumping water from properties
We are unable to assist with the pumping out of individual properties. Our pumps are used for helping to alleviate flooding and protect infrastructure where many properties will benefit.
You should contact your home insurer to request assistance. Alternatively, you can contact the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188 for advice.
Pumps can usually be hired form local tool hire companies, although care should be taken on where the water will be pumped out to as potentially the situation could be worsened. The Fire Service may use their high volume pumps to help your community, but it is unlikely they will assist in the pumping out of individual properties.