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Flooding Advice

Flooding is one of our highest priority risks. Events which have happened around the country over the several years demonstrate frequency and severity of floods in the UK, highlighting the need to plan and prepare.

Find out if you are at risk of flooding:


Environment Agency - Am I at risk?

To find out if there are Flood Warnings in your area:


Environment Agency - Flood Warnings

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

contact your district / borough council for advice on sandbags and assistance

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


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 the 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 6 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 an 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 flood water

assume flood water contains sewage

After flooding in 2007 the government commissioned a review, which recommended that "Local authorities should lead on the management of local flood risk, with the support of the relevant organisations", (The Pitt Review, 2008). This led to the Flood and Water Management Act (2010).

See the flooding pages for more details.

Met Office - Heavy rain sever weather warning.

Environment Agency - Flooding and extreme weather.

Public Health England - useful documents about flooding.

Cumbria County Council is now a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and has new powers and duties for managing flooding from local sources, namely Ordinary Watercourses, surface water (overland runoff) and groundwater in the administrative area of Cumbria.

We are working together with District Councils through a Cumbria LLFA Management Group with other relevant organisations to steer local flood risk management activities in Cumbria. Partnership working between the County Council, Risk Management Authorities, other relevant organisations and local communities is key to managing flood risk in the future, funding future flood schemes and helping communities to become more resilient to flooding.