Prepare for flooding
2. Protect yourself from future flooding
Plan how you’ll respond to a flood. Use a template to make a:
- personal flood plan
- community or group flood plan - if you’re responsible for an organisation such as a school, hospital, care home or community group
- business flood plan
Protect your property
- get advice from the National Flood Forum about how to protect your property and how much this will cost
- find flood protection products and services at Blue Pages
You may need permission to do work that will affect the flow of a river or divert flood water.
If you own a riverside property
If you own property next to a watercourse, for example a river, culvert, brook or mill stream, you must:
- maintain river beds and banks
- not obstruct the water flow
Read guidance on the rights and responsibilities of owning a riverside property.
Contact the Environment Agency if you have questions about your responsibilities.
If your property’s next to a canal
Contact the Canal and River Trust to check who’s responsible for maintaining the canal.
If you have a disability or need extra help
Ask your council if you can be put on a list to get extra help during a flood.
Citizens Advice can help make sure you’ll get support if your energy supply is affected.
Ask Floodline to send flood warnings to a friend or relative on your behalf.
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