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We do not keep a stock of sandbags for residents because the number required would be too great. Also, sandbags are relatively ineffective because they seep water even when well-stacked and trodden into place.

There is no statutory requirement for a local authority to provide sandbags or to prevent a property from flooding. Residents and business owners are responsible for protecting their own property.

If you want to use sandbags to protect your property from flooding they can be bought from most DIY stores and builders merchants.

By far the best way to prevent your home from being flooded is to make your own arrangements by planning well in advance of a flooding incident.

The Environment Agency provide the following advice on:

  • planning for flooding before it happens;
  • what to do during a flood; and
  • recovering and cleaning up after a flood.

See: - Flooding advice to the public.