Last updated:
23 February 2015

Flooding advice

What to do before, during and after a flood.

1 Preparing for flooding

You can find out if your property is at risk from flooding by checking the Environment Agency flood map.  

Flood warnings  

If your home or business is at risk from flooding you can sign up to receive flood warnings from the Environment Agency. The service is free and you can get warnings by phone, email or text message.  

You can also check for current Environment Agency flood warnings and Met Office weather warnings.  

Flood guide

If you live in a flood risk area there are actions that you can take now to minimise the damage and disruption. Our Flood Guide has information on how to prepare including:  

  • how to prepare a flood plan
  • what you should put in an emergency kit
  • the measures you can take to protect your home against flooding
  • how your community can prepare by creating a Community Emergency Plan or forming a Flood Action Group.  
Read Your Essential Flood Guide (PDF, 751KB)

Sandbags  

We do not supply sandbags to residents or businesses. As a householder you can purchase sandbags from builders' merchants.

Useful links

2 During flooding

If floods are forecast you can find the latest information by:

If floods are imminent

  • Put your flood plan put into action.
  • Protect what you can by moving pets, vehicles, valuables, sentimental items and important documents to safety or higher ground.
  • Prepare an emergency kit, such as food that you can eat without cooking, clean bottled water and warm clothes.
  • Charge your mobile phone.
  • Alert vulnerable neighbours.
  • Switch off gas, electricity and water at the mains.
  • Ensure sandbags or floor boards, airbrick covers and other flood protection products are in place.
  • Plug sinks, baths or low level shower trays and weigh them down to prevent backflow.

Our Flood Guide has additional information on what to do:

  • if you need to evacuate
  • to stay safe in a flood.
Read Your Essential Flood Guide (PDF, 751KB)

3 Recovering from flooding

If you have been flooded our Flood Guide has useful advice on:

  • what to do first after you return home
  • the three-step clean-up
  • obtaining personal help in coping with the aftermath
  • financial help
  • dealing with your insurance company
  • avoiding rogue traders.
Read Your Essential Flood Guide (PDF, 751KB)

4 Disposing of waste

Most water damaged waste can be disposed of at your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

This includes bulky household items, carpets, electrical items and hazardous waste such as fluorescent tubes, gas bottles, car batteries, household and garden chemicals.

More information on recycling can be found on the Recycle for West Sussex website. 

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