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Flooding Advice

 

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 online.

 

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.

 

Flood Control Products

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.

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