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Flooding can come from several sources including rivers, coastal waters, groundwater, surface water or sewage surcharges. There are a number of things you can do in advance to prepare for flooding and to minimise its effects.


  • Find out if your property is within the flood risk area by logging on to the Environment Agency website or calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
  • Register for the Environment Agency's free flood warning service if you are in a flood risk area.
  • Know the flood warning code and what the flood warnings mean
  • Know what to do to protect your property during a flood, prepare now by buying and installing flood products in advance
  • Check your buildings and contents insurance covers you for flooding
  • Plan where you will go if you have to evacuate and how you will get there.
  • Identify neighbours who may need assistance or who may be able to provide assistance to you, in case of evacuation.
  • Have supplies in your home that will enable you to cope for up to 3 days if you are unable to evacuate.
  • Where possible, move valuable/irreplaceable items to upper floors during times of flood risk.
  • Find out how to turn off your gas, water and electricity supplies


More information can be found on the Environment Agency website on:

  • whether you are risk of flooding
  • how you can prepare
  • how to sign up for flood alerts
  • what to do when it floods, and
  • clearing up after a flood.

More specific information from the Environment Agency on flooding from groundwater