If you are worried about flooding or have been affected by flooding, this section contains handy information and links. There is also comprehensive information and advice on the Environment Agency website.

Register for a flood alert

The Environment Agency offers a free flood alert system called FLOODLINE which you can register for on 0845 988 1188. FLOODLINE provides flood warnings direct to you by phone, text or email. It also provides practical advice on preparing for a flood, and what to do if one happens.

What to do if you are flooded

The Environment Agency website contains lots of information about what to do if you are worried about a flood, are flooded, and how to clean up after a flood. Use the following links to find out more, which all take you to the Environment Agency website:

Rest centres

In the event of a flooding emergency that requires people to be evacuated from their homes, we have identified a number of premises across the district, and if necessary will work with local organisations to set up and man rest centres. We will publish any details about rest centres to this page, if and when they are set up.

There are currently no rest centres set up in Lichfield District.

Sandbags policy

We are not responsible for protecting private property (such as homes and businesses) during or before a flood. This is the responsibility of the individual property owners/residents and not the responsibility of the district council or any other agency.

Our priority is to reinforce flood defences, protect highways and protect district council assets at risk of flooding. We may also provide our sandbags to other agencies.

Protecting your property or business

If you want to protect your property or business, sandbags and other flood protection products can be useful.

To find out more about how to protect your home during flooding, visit the Environment Agency website, which has lots of handy hints and tips, as well as advice on where to purchase flood protection supplies.

The National Flood Forum also lists lots of companies you may be able to talk to about flood defences.

What should you do?

We would encourage owners of homes and businesses in flood risk areas to make their own provision for flood defence, well in advance of a flood.

Sandbags will not totally prevent floodwater encroaching into property and householders should remove belongings to a safe location above the anticipated flood level.

People building flood defences with sandbags should also be aware of the building methods to make an effective seal and the health and safety implications of manual handling sandbags as they can be heavy.

More information is available on the Environment Agency website