Get flood warnings
Sign up to get free automated flood warnings by phone, text or email:
- Sign up for flood warnings (gov.uk)
You can also sign up by phone – call the Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
- Map of flood alerts and warnings (gov.uk)
- Find out if you are at risk of flooding (gov.uk)
- Current flood warnings (gov.uk)
If there is an emergency
Dial 999 for police, fire or ambulance.
To report problems
If there is major flooding on the highway please call us on 0345 60 80 193
- Report minor flooding on roads or pavements online
Please note that drains can take up to 2 hours to clear water following heavy rain. If there is still water on the road or pavement after this time, please report it.
To report problems with sewers or blocked drains
Find out which water company covers your area and how to contact them:
How to prepare for flooding
For key information on how to prepare your home and family for flooding, please see the government website:
If you are considering home insurance for a property which is at risk of flooding, please read the:
If a flood threatens
- check if your home insurance policy covers flooding for both buildings and contents
- make a list of important phone numbers
- know how to turn off mains water, gas and electricity
- move important items such as insurance documents and family photographs to safety
If you think you may have to leave home
Make a ‘flood kit’ of essential items to take if you need to leave your home, including:
- wind-up or battery-powered radio and torch
- insurance documents
- bottled water and non-perishable food
- warm waterproof clothes
Information from your local council
East Sussex County Council does not provide sandbags but some district or borough councils may provide them, or you could buy bags and sand from DIY stores and local builders merchants – get details on the Environment Agency website above.
- Eastbourne - Flooding - Eastbourne Borough Council
- Hastings - Emergency plan - Hastings Borough Council
- Lewes - Managing flooding - Lewes District Council
- Rother - Flooding - Rother District Council
- Wealden - Flooding and severe weather - Wealden District Council
To find out how we will respond to and deal with a flood or reservoir emergency, plus advice to schools, colleges and care homes on how to produce their own flood plan, please go to:
Flood Risk Management
As the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for East Sussex, we work closely with other organisations to manage local flood risk in the county.
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