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Flood Wardens

Flood wardens are:

  • volunteers from local communities
  • a valuable resource in the fight against flooding
During severe storm events, flooding can occur at a number of locations at the same time.  Monitoring every potential flood risk area is extremely difficult. Flood wardens are essential to us because they can contact us with the most up to date information which would otherwise go unrecorded.
Even if it's just a phone call to us to say that a river level has got higher, we can use that information to see what areas are under threat and take the necessary action.

What wardens do

Flood wardens:
  • keep an eye on watercourses
  • use their own local knowledge to recognise and report flood risks
  • report blocked drains
  • report potential flooding to others in the area they cover
  • provide emergency services with important information

The role of a flood warden is primarily to observe and report, they should not:

  • place themselves in any danger
  • take responsibility for moving or protecting anyone's property
  • clear ditches, drains or streams

Flood warden area

Flood wardens will be allocated an area that can be managed effectively. It could be just the street they live in, or could also include a few streets which connect to it.


Traning is provided by the Kent Resilience Forum (a partnership between Kent County Council, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and Kent Police).

Flood warden training includes:

  • the work of the Environment Agency
  • how the flood warning service works
  • local flood risk in their community
  • safety
  • warning and informing arrangements
  • emergency planning
  • structures
  • response arrangements


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For more information please email corporateservices@dover.gov.uk