You can see whether you live in an area at
risk of flooding by visiting the Environment
Agency's website. If you are at risk and would like to receive
early warning of floods, you can sign up to a free Floodline
Warning Direct service operated by the Environment Agency by either
calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or signing up
Sandbags in flooding
Sandbags are not the most effective form of protective measures
when it comes to property level flood protection and other flood
defence measures, such as 'Aquasacs' and other products, may
be provided to assist in extreme
cases. However where circumstances dictate, and the
Borough Council's Flood Risk Team assess the risk to property
flooding as being high with a threat to life/serious damage, then
sandbags will be deployed as necessary.
Sandbags do have a use in certain
circumstances, for example retaining the structural integrity of
walls, or diverting flood waters to areas of safety. In these
circumstances it may be useful to deploy sandbags based on the
risks presented at the time and the Flood Risk Team will assist in
these circumstances. Other agencies such as the Fire Service
or Military would also advise in such situations.
During a flood incident, Aquasacs would be used across the area
to mitigate the effect of flooding. The distribution and
management of Aquasacs would be coordinated by the Local Authority
and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The protection of your property is a matter
for you and ultimately it is your decision. We would suggest,
however, that you consider other flood defence products that
have been proven to be more efficient and effective than
sandbags. More information on other flood defences can be
found on the Blue Pages.
For advice in
preparing for a flood please click here.
If you are experiencing flooding or think you are likely to
flood please visit the Flood Risk
Management pages for advice and reporting methods.