Contacts in the event of a major flood incident
The police co-ordinate the response agencies in a major flood incident and can help with the evacuation of people from their homes where necessary.
If there is a threat to life, dial 999 and ask for the appropriate service.
The Environment Agency is responsible for managing the risk from flooding from coastal and Main Rivers.
- Environment Agency Floodline 24hr 08459 881188
- Environment Agency General Enquiry Line 03708 506 506
- Environment Agency Incident Hotline 24hr 0800 80 70 60
Water companies are responsible for the supply of clean drinking water, and for the removal and treatment of wastewater.
During heavy rainfall drainage system can become overwhelmed and untreated sewage may spill out into streets and gardens.
Water companies will help, where possible, to reduce the amount of water escaping from the system and treat areas where sewage has been deposited once the flooding has subsided.
- Anglian Water 03457 145 145
- Thames Water 0800 714 614
- Affinity Water (fresh water only) 0345 357 2407
- Essex and Suffolk Water (fresh water only) 0345 782 0999
You can find independent advice on flood protection measures on the National Flood Forum website.
Serious flooding is rare, but it’s important that you are prepared.
- Register for flood warnings
- check the Flood Information Service on Gov.uk
- call The Environment Agency’s 24 hour Floodline on 08459 881188 for flood warning information for your area, or speak to an operator for advice and information
- keep an eye on the local media which will broadcast warnings from the Environment Agency
- check the Essex Resilience Forum for flooding advice
- read GOV.UK guidance on getting help during a flood
Gas, water and electricity
It's important that you know where and how to turn off the water, gas and electricity supplies in your home.
Floodwater can affect the safe use of your gas appliances.
They may light and appear to be working normally, but the flue or ventilation systems may be affected by the floodwater.
If you can smell gas in your home, call Transco National Grid on 0800 111999 as soon as possible.
If you spot dangerous power lines or experience a power cut contact UK Power Networks - 0800 31 63 105 from a land line or 0333 202 2022 from a mobile phone.
Help from your local council
Your local District or Borough council will:
- help to re-house vulnerable people made homeless where there is no alternative solution
- take away waste such as soiled carpets and furnishings,
- make sure that there isn’t a threat to health from the general environment
Essex County Council doesn’t provide sandbags in preparation for flooding.
You can buy sandbags from a wide variety of suppliers.
If your property is being flooded by a blocked drain, this will need to be reported to Highways. They will not be able to investigate until the water has subsided.