Flooding

Flooding can happen at any time of the year. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice using the links below:

Weather

The Met Office website provides weather forecasts and details of any Weather Warnings issued.

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Flood Warnings

The Environment Agency website provides details of Flood Warnings issued for England and Wales as well as advice for before, during and after flooding.

To get a good visual overview of the Alerts, Warnings and Severe Warnings issued in England and Wales, the EA have developed a interactive flood map in association with Shoothill.

Advice

Gloucestershire County Council have a very useful Flooding and Drainage page with links to other agencies and services. It also has a link to the Flood Guide which is extremely informative and the new ‘Coping with the aftermath of a Major Incident’ leaflet.

Public Health England have health and mental health advice regarding flooding on their website, as well as information on cleaning up safely following floods . Check it out here and here.

The Environment Agency website has lots of advice on how to prepare for flooding, including signing up to flood warnings for your home or business. There is also advice on what to do during and after a flood.

Another useful website is by the National Flood Forum. It contains lots of practice advice and has the ‘Blue Pages‘ which  is an independent directory of flood protection products and services.

Flooding and your power supply – Both Western Power Distribution and Scottish and Southern Energy have produced advice leaflets.

Road and Rail Disruption

The BBC Travel News – Gloucestershire site has details of road closures and disruptions on the network.

Traffic England by the Highways Agency has an interactive map to show disruption on their network.

For the ‘very’ latest updates Gloucestershire Highways and the Highways Agency can be found on Twitter.

Disruptions to the Rail network can be found on the National Rail website and from the individual train companies such as First Great Western or via JourneyCheck

Protecting your property

“One of the most important issue that faces anyone that is at risk of flooding, or who has already suffered an incidence, is how to make your property flood resilient. That is how to protect and arrange your property so that in the event of a flood your home will suffer the least amount of damage and will be habitable in a short time afterwards.” National Flood Forum

To help with this the National Flood Forum produce the ‘Blue Pages‘ which is a directory of products and services to help against flooding.

Although no product is endorsed, they provide greater protection and reassurance than using sandbags.

If you do need to use sandbags to protect your property we have produced the video below to show how to lay them correctly.

The Environment Agency have also produced a guide which can be found here.

Sandbags

The majority of District Councils who provide sandbags do so on a priority basis to the most vulnerable and those at greatest risk of flooding.

Although the District Councils in Gloucestershire have slightly differing sandbag policies, they all support the Pitt Review and Environment Agency, which stress that there is an onus on householders in areas at risk of flooding to take steps to protect their own homes rather than rely on the council.

If the threat of flooding is not immediate residents are encouraged to consider other ways to protect their property without the need for sandbags. For example, flood proof doors, flood boards and airbrick covers are more effective and can be stored by the homeowner so that they are much more convenient to use at short notice. The following link is an independent directory of flood protection products and services which may be of help www.bluepages.org.uk.

To find the sandbag policy for your area please follow the below link:

Cheltenham Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Gloucester City Council

Stroud District Council

Tewkesbury District Council

If the threat of flooding is due to water runoff from a road, the Gloucestershire County Council Highways Team has its own arrangements for providing sandbags for highways flooding.

Flood Wardens

Flood Warden Schemes are important in the monitoring, warning and preparation for flooding at a community level. Flood Wardens aim to help and prepare those in the local community that are at risk of flooding. They are a vital link between the local residents and those responsible to responding to flooding events.

If you are interested in becoming a Flood Warden, please contact your local District Council.

If you are already a Flood Warden you may find the Flood Warden Handbook of interest.