Preparing for flooding
Householders living in areas that have been flooded in the recent past or may be susceptible to flooding in the future are strongly advised to give some thought to flood protection measures for their property. Responsibility for protecting individual properties against flooding lies with the householder and not the local authority.
Removable flood boards or gates, although more costly, are significantly more effective than sandbags in preventing water entry through doorways and air bricks and are therefore likely to provide better property protection during floods.
In line with most other local authorities Waveney District Council does not issue filled sandbags to individual members of the public. However, during flood emergencies the Council will try to help protect important infrastructure and communities using filled sandbags wherever possible, to reduce the effects of floodwater.
Forecasts and warnings
Flood warning information, as well as guidance about preparing for floods, can be obtained from the Environment Agency by calling the Floodline: 0845 988 1188 (local rate) or visiting the Floods pages of the Environment Agency website.
The Met Office will provide local weather warnings on their website when exceptionally heavy rain is forecast.
Waveney District Council will endeavour to assist our residents before, during, and after a flooding event if at all possible. Council employees may be able to assist in the following ways:
- Assist in any evacuation or relocation of residents to rest centres during an emergency
- Assist with road closures and overflowing drains caused by flood waters
- Assist in the clean up after the flood waters have subsided
- Advise and assist residents after the event