Provision of Sandbags

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Sandbags

Sandbags are a short term and relatively cheap way to manage flooding, but only if they are filled and placed correctly. However, they are relatively ineffective when compared to purpose-designed flood protection products. They are of no use if a property is flooded. Download the Environment Agency’s guide to using sandbags properly.

If you require sandbags you should buy them from local builder’s merchants or DIY stores in advance of flooding.  The Council has no legal duty to provide sandbags – it is the resident’s responsibility to protect their property as far as possible. However, when flooding is threatened, Nottinghamshire County Council may have limited supplies of sandbags for responding to emergency requests from vulnerable residents who are unable to provide their own. The County Council cannot guarantee the delivery of sandbags as roads may be impassable due to flooding and requests may not meet the sandbag prioritisation criteria that the Council follow.

Please refer to the guidance to see if you are eligible for sandbags. If you meet the criteria, contact Nottinghamshire County Council on: 

0300 500 80 80 80 (mon-fri 8-8, Sat 8-12)

0845 603 0548 (out of above hours)

Sandbag request for:

Prioritisation Criteria

Care homes / hospitals

 

(business delivering a critical service e.g. risk to life if service cannot be delivered due to flooding of premises)

 

If a business provides a potentially ‘life saving’ service, and its buildings are in danger of becoming flooded, then sandbags may be provided with recommendation that facility makes future arrangements to provide their own.

Other business

Other businesses, that do not deliver a ‘life saving’ service should be encouraged to secure their own sandbag resource. Sandbags will not be provided.

 

Property that is currently flooded

Sandbags will not alleviate the situation once a property has flooded. Sandbags will not be provided.

Home owner should contact their insurer.

 

Property at risk of flooding

Properties in imminent danger of flooding that are occupied by vulnerable residents (elderly, disability and reduced mobility) who are unable to help themselves. Sandbags will be provided. Sandbags can take up to 3hrs to be delivered. 10-15 sandbags per request will be supplied for blocking doorways front and back.

If the resident has access to a Community Resilience Store / community sandbag stocks, sandbags will not be provided.  Resident should contact store key holder.

All other requests are prioritised to those of greatest need if there is capacity– sandbags are not guaranteed. Resident is advised to purchase their own.

 

Property at negligible risk of flooding or request sandbags when there is no current flood threat

 

Sandbags will not be provided.

Resident is advised to purchase their own.

 

Sheds, garages, gardens and outbuildings

 

Sandbags will not be provided.

SANDBAGS ARE NOT GUARANTEED; RESIDENTS AT FLOOD RISK WHO WISH TO USE SANDBAGS ARE ADVISED TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN IN ADVANCE OF A FLOOD.

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