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Sandbag Policy

It is the responsibility of property owners to take appropriate action to protect their property from flooding.

However, we recognise that some people may require help to protect themselves during a flooding incident.  

We can only supply sandbags to occupied residential properties that are in imminent danger of flooding.

Requests will be prioritised as follows:

1. Vulnerable individuals, the elderly and infirm

2. Hospitals, Care Homes, schools etc

3. Community Flood Schemes

4. Council buildings and critical infrastructure

5. Residential properties

6. Business or other non-residential properties.


  • Requests for sandbags will not be considered for protecting gardens, out buildings or other non-residential structures.
  • Commercial premises should make their own arrangements.  Requests from commercial premises’ owners will only be considered in very exceptional circumstances and a charge will normally be made.
  • Requests for sandbags will not be considered in anticipation of flooding, following advance weather forecasts or Environment Agency warning.
  • The best defence is to plan in advance to protect your property during flooding.


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