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You can't prevent it, but you can prepare for it.

Flooding can happen suddenly. The Environment Agency is responsible for providing flood defences and issuing warnings to the public.

For the latest weather warnings visit the Met Office website. You'll also find useful information and advice on the Public Health England website.

Although the Environment Agency provides advance warning of flooding wherever possible, it's your responsibility to protect yourself and your family. If you live in a flood risk area, do what you can now to prepare for a flood. Don't wait until it happens, you may not have time.

To find out if your property is at risk from flooding, take a look at the Environment Agency flood maps.

The Environment Agency operates a four stage system:

  • Flood alert - flooding is possible. Be prepared.
  • Flood warning - flooding is expected. Immediate action required.
  • Severe flood warning - severe flooding. Danger to life.
  • Warnings no longer in force - no further flooding is currently expected in your area.

You can get further advice about risks or levels of protection in particular areas from the Environment Agency as follows:

  • Floodline: 0345 988 1188 - information on flooding
  • General Enquiries: 08708 506506 - puts you through to your local office
  • Emergency Hotline: 0800 807060 - emergencies such as reporting a pollution incident

You can also email

Plan for Managing Local Flood Risk