Published 11th February
For the latest information on flooding
from the Environment Agency, visit:
this free flooding advice guide (PDF)
What to do if your home is
- If you believe that your personal safety
is at risk from a flood, or the inside of your property is about to
be flooded, then please call the Fire & Rescue Service via
- Continue to listen to situation updates on
your local radio and via Floodline 0845 988 1188
- Keep dry and out of floodwater if
- Stay in your property, if safe to do so,
until the emergency services tell you to do otherwise or the
floodwater has receded
- If it is necessary to walk through shallow
floodwater, take care for hidden holes, obstacles or other
- Avoid contact with floodwater and wash
exposed parts before handling food or attending to
- If possible, move electrical equipment and
- For more detailed information on what to do if your home is
flooding, visit the
Environment Agency website, listen to
this message (6.7MB) from the Environment Agency or read the
practical advice on what to do to
protect yourself and your property.
- Further information is also available from
the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum.
General advice to borough
• In no circumstances should
motorists try to drive through flood water especially where there
are “road closed” signs.
• Listen to local radio for local road closure updates.
• Check with the Environment Agency for advice if you are
concerned about flood water affecting your property. Sign up to
their Flood Alert system to stay up to date.
• Environment Agency website (
or call the Environment Agency’s 24-hour Floodline on 0845 988 1188
or 0345 988 1188. People using social media can also keep up to
date by following @envagencyanglia on Twitter, or using the
• If you live in a property at risk of flooding, take action
NOW. Get prepared with aquasacs and flood boards. Please be aware
that local authorities will not be able to supply sand bags.
• Comprehensive advice for residents and businesses on
preparing for floods is also available on the Bedfordshire and
Luton Local Resilience Forum website: www.bllrf.org.uk.
What Bedford Borough Council will do:
If you believe that your personal
safety is at risk from a flood, or the inside of your property is
about to be flooded then call the Fire & Rescue Service via
999. The emergency services will then contact Bedford Borough
Council, who will assess the situation and if necessary provide
Emergency Assistance Centres, transport and extra assistance to the