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Flooding

Live flood alert information and advice on flooding.

Flooding and emergency planning

The Environment Agency works with Uttlesford District Council to make local people aware of the risks from flooding. It also has the strategic overview for flood risk management from all causes of flooding, including rivers, the sea, groundwater, reservoirs and surface water.

Flood warnings

A live summary of Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings currently in force in the Uttlesford District is now provided by the Environment Agency. This can be viewed in the box to the left of this page.

The Environment Agency's website, which includes the national flood map, to find out if you are at risk of flooding from inland watercourses and the sea. It includes a postcode search so that you can easily locate your property or land.

Preparing for flooding

If you are in an area that is at risk of flooding, it is important that you make preparations to keep your home, business and those close to you safe.

Sandbags

Uttlesford District Council used to supply sandbags in the event of flooding.

However, this has become an inefficient service and the council is not able to match the demand, something that was all too evident in the floods of February 2009. From 1 April 2010 the district council will no longer respond to flooding in the same way as it has done in the past.

In many of the parishes in Uttlesford, parish councils have taken on a stock of sandbags to distribute should flooding occur. It is advised that you contact your local parish council if you are concerned about flooding and wish to know if sandbags will be available.

Uttlesford District Council does not have a legal duty to supply sandbags, but it does have a legal duty to respond to an emergency and during flooding it would try to assist you should you need to evacuate your home.

Preventing flooding

We would ask that if you have suffered flooding recently or are aware that your property is affected by seasonal or occasional flooding, that you look at what you can do to protect your property.

You are responsible for your own property.

Below are some ideas on what you can do to help prevent flooding or flood damage in the future.

  • If water levels are rising you can make your own sandbags from old pillow cases or plastic sacks by filling them with earth and laying them like normal sandbags.
  • Sandbags can be obtained from your local builders' merchants, filled or empty, and you can store your own sand to fill when needed. Details on how to properly store sandbags can be sought through the district council
  • The National Flood Forum (www.floodforum.org.uk) has lots of good information put together by homeowners who have suffered major flooding and loss of property and, in its "Blue Pages", lists various companies that can supply sandbags, flood sacks (a similar flat-packed product to traditional sandbags) air brick covers, flood boards and larger products for businesses and more substantial buildings.
  • Also and most importantly you should register free with the Environment Agency's flood warnings service. This service enables you to get early warnings of expected floods in your area by pager, phone, fax, email or text so wherever you are you can get advance warning of rising levels of water and put your flood defences in place.
  • Following the major floods that affected the UK in 2007, the Government commissioned Sir Michael Pitt to conduct an independent review. You may find the outcome of this report interesting. It can be read at archive.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/pittreview/thepittreview.html.

For information regarding the storage of sandbags call 01799 510624.

Returning to business after flooding

If you are a food business affected by flooding, please click this link to view advice from Environmental Health about what to do before re-opening your doors.

Business rates - flooding relief

Businesses that have been flooded will wish to consider whether they might be eligible for this relief. If they think they may be eligible, they should contact the Business Rates department to request an application form on 01799 510349 or email businessrates@uttlesford.gov.uk Further information can be found on the page.

Flooding and insurance

Flooding may affect your ability to get buildings and contents insurance.

Environment Agency advice

The Environment Agency has produced a useful guide and includes a section on their website devoted maps detailing flood risks within an area. Get information about long-term flood risk to your property.

'Flood Re' insurance scheme

Insurance companies have been working with the government to develop the 'Flood Re' scheme.

Flood Re is a joint Government and insurance industry initiative to enable you to find affordable insurance for qualifying properties that are at risk of flooding or have been flooded.Part of our work also involves helping you find out more about flood risks to your home and how you can help to reduce them.

For more details about eligibility for the scheme please visit www.floodre.co.uk/eligibility

 


Contact Uttlesford District Council

Tel: 01799 510510
Email: uconnect@uttlesford.gov.uk