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Flooding and emergencies

Along with the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Resilience Partnership, we have a plan to prepare, respond and recover from major emergencies whilst continuing to deliver essential services.

Flooding is a major element of our resilience. We work to mitigate the effects of flooding in the District by identifying potential flood situations and working with the Environment Agency and Leicestershire Flood Working Group to co-ordinate flood prevention works.

Maintenance for the free flow of stormwater down watercourses is also undertaken.

We also respond to enquiries from the public on flooding and drainage matters and offer a limited service providing sandbags.

Sandbags are provided to protect:

  • Life, critical infrastructure and buildings (for example, hospitals and substations)
  • The elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents
  • Access for emergency vehicles
  • The habitable parts of a property

Sandbags are not available for the protection of gardens, outbuildings or garages. They can usually be purchased from DIY stores or building merchants.

In a flooding emergency contact us using the emergency out of hours phone number on the Contact the Council webpage. 

Anyone living within an area identified at being at risk from flooding should follow the advice of the Environment Agency to protect their homes. If flooding occurs, residents are advised to concentrate their efforts on protecting family members and belongings.

Last updated 27 May 2020
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