Over recent years there has been an increase in
the risk of flood or drought conditions throughout the UK.
Although we are aware of this fact, it may never be possible
technically or financially to introduce measures that are
sufficient to prevent this from happening.
Therefore the UK as a whole is seeking to manage
the risks through providing:
- better warning and defence systems
- better information and awareness to the population on dealing
with the problem.
What is the Council's Role?
The Council works together with its partner
agencies to respond to emergency situations brought about by
flooding or drought.
The lead agency for flooding and drought in the
District is the Environment Agency.
What can I do to protect myself from flooding?
If you live in an area that is known to be at
risk or has been flooded in the past, make sure that you know what
to do should it happen again. You can also sign up to the
Floodline Warnings Direct.
Don't Wait for it to Happen Before You Decide on a Plan
- Stay calm and be prepared
- Contact Environment Agency
Flood Line on 0845 988 1188 for advice
- If you are prone to flooding contact
Notts Highways (if you live in Bassetlaw) and report any
blocked surface water drains.
- Prepare and Emergency Flood
- Familiarise yourself with gas and
electricity isolation points.
- Prepare an overnight bag in case you have
to evacuate your home
- Protect low level doorways and vents with
boards and / or sandbags. Remember to remove these before using gas
- If possible remove vulnerable furnishings,
valuables, items of sentimental value, important documents and food
supplies etc to an upper floor.
- Check on any elderly or infirm relatives
and neighbours to determine if they might need
During a Flood
- Keep calm – If in danger contact
- Turn off gas and electricity
- If trapped remain near a window where you
can be seen
- Follow instructions given by emergency
- Be prepared to evacuate to a place of
- Do not wade through flood waters as depth
and currents can be deceiving
- DO NOT switch gas or electricity supply
back on until it has been checked
- DO NOT use food that has been in contact
with flood water
- ALWAYS assume that flood water contains
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect all items
soiled by flood water
- Always use waterproof gloves when cleaning
flood soiled items
- Contact your insurer.
Other Useful Websites
More detailed advice and information about floods and drought
conditions can be found at:
Last Updated - 04/08/2011