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)
01253 502776 (out of above hours)
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 11, 2020