Flooding Advice

Flooding is one of our highest priority risks. Events happening around the country demonstrate the frequency and severity of floods in the United Kingdom and whilst the risk of floods in Rutland may not be as high as in some areas, it is important we all know how to react to severe weather conditions.

Are you at risk of being flooded?

The Environment Agency has its own flood map that you can use to find out if you are at risk of flooding.

Anyone worried about flooding in their area should call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or register with the Environment Agency for automatic flood alerts.    

Is there a flood warning in your area?

The Environment Agency - Flood Warnings service is available throughout England and Wales. Using the latest available technology, Environment Agency staff monitor rainfall, river levels and sea conditions 24 hours a day and use this information to forecast the possibility of flooding.

What actions to take

Before flooding

  • Find out if you are at risk of flooding
  • Contact the Environment Agency floodline on 0345 988 1188 for advice on current conditions and / or visit the Environment Agency Flooding website
  • Put together an overnight bag in case you have to be evacuated
  • Protect doorways and low level air vents with sandbags or plastic bags filled with sand or earth. Remember to unblock before using gas or ventilating equipment
  • Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or infirm and inform the Emergency Services or Flood Warden of their location

Get advice on how to prepare and protect your home from flooding.

During flooding

  • Keep calm. If you are in danger dial 999 and / or attract attention of people nearby
  • Turn off water, gas and electricity supplies at the first sign of flooding in your property
  • If trapped, remain near a window where you can be seen
  • If the Emergency Services are on scene, follow their instructions
  • Be prepared, you may need to be evacuated
  • Do not enter flood waters as depth and current can be deceiving. Just six inches (15mm) of flood water can knock an adult off their feet. The flood waters may also be contaminated with sewage and there may be hidden dangers
  • Move your family, pets and valuables upstairs or to higher ground if threatened by floods

After flooding

  • Contact your insurer
  • Do not switch on gas or electricity until it is checked by a professional
  • Do not use food that has been in contact with flood water
  • Always wear waterproof gloves when handling soiled items and always wash your hands if you touch anything soiled by the flood water 
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all items soiled by the flood water
  • Assume flood water contains sewage

What this Council will do

The Council's approach to providing emergency assistance during times of flooding is as follows:

  • The Council has no legal responsibility to provide assistance during times of flood; however we do provide emergency assistance, depending on local knowledge and experience of the situation
  • We provide engineering advice on ways residents can alleviate the risk of flooding to their properties if requested and issue general guidance to all properties in the area of their response and responsibilities under the Land Drainage Act 1991.
  • Contact highways@rutland.gov.uk to request advise or follow up a flooding incident


Residents who know their home is at risk of flooding, for example because it's close to a watercourse, are advised to obtain their own sandbags or flood defence equipment to allow early preparation before flooding happens.

It's not Rutland County Council’s role to provide sandbags: these should be purchased from a DIY store or builders’ merchant. 

Highway call outs to assist emergency services, road closures and flooding of carriageways will be prioritised during periods of county-wide flooding and it may not be possible to respond to all requests for assistance. 

Our issuing of sandbags is prioritised to areas of critical infrastructure, to assist with an imminent threat of flooding to protect life, and support emergency services.

Driving through flood waters

Drivers are reminded that driving through flood water can be extremely dangerous, as it is impossible to see how deep the water is and whether there are any submerged hazards which could damage your car or leave you stranded.

Drivers who ignore road closure signs will be prosecuted by the Police if caught.

Flood Warning Services

Guidance on where to seek information and how to sign up for flood warning services

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