Flooding

Preparing and dealing with flooding

You can find out if there any severe weather warnings in place on the Met Office website.

You can also register for their severe weather warning updates.

Flooding has affected our district in the past, notably river and surface water flooding. That's why it's important to be as prepared as possible for flooding.

How to prepare for flooding

You can use the Environment Agency website to:

If you know you live in a flood area you can prepare for flooding by:

  • making a personal flood plan for your home
  • getting a grab bag ready
  • checking with your insurer that you have the appropriate home cover
  • buying an emergency supply of bottled water in case your water supply becomes contaminated
  • buying a carry case or cage for any pets you may own

If a flood is about to take place and it is safe, you should:

  • move your valuable items and documents to a high location, such as upstairs, if you can
  • move items from your front or back garden that could cause damage if flood water carried them away
  • put any flood protection products you have bought in place
  • move any cars to higher ground to avoid floodwater
  • switch your utilities off at the mains

What to do during a flood

During a flood situation it is important that you:

  • do not try to drive through floodwater, avoid driving if possible
  • do not walk through floodwater
  • move your valuable items and documents to a high location, such as upstairs, if you can
  • listen to the advice of the emergency services if they are operating within your area
  • turn off all the utilities in your home if the Police evacuate you

We do not have to provide residents with sandbags during a flooding incident. It is the homeowner's or landlord's responsibility to protect their property.

You can buy flood defence products at builders merchants or DIY stores.

What to do if a flood has affected your home

A flood in your home can be a traumatic and stressful experience. When the floodwater has gone there is the additional distress of cleaning your property and repairing the damage it has caused.

After a flood it is important that you:

  • assume that any sewage has contaminated the floodwater
  • find out if it is safe to return to your property, especially if you think there may be structural damage
  • do not eat any food that has come into contact with floodwater. This includes canned and packaged food
  • only drink bottled water until your water provider has given the all clear on the quality of your supply
  • collect information for any insurance claim to nee to make includng;
  • take pictures of everything in your home the flood has affected
  • mark the water levels on the walls for reference
  • make a list of items the flood hass damaged

If you had not planned for it in the past, put together personal flood plan so you are ready next time.

Emergency Planning

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525