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Flooding and drainage

advice and information about flooding and drainage

adobe_acrobat icon Flood Guide (updated for 2012) [364kb]
adobe_acrobat icon Coping with the aftermath of a Major Incident [294kb]
Flood advice from Public Health England
Floods – how to clean up your home safely (HPA leaflet download)

What we do

As a Lead Local Flood Authority, under the Flood and Water Management Act 2012, Gloucestershire County Council has responsibilities for

  • investigating and reporting flooding incidents
  • managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses (i.e. non main rivers)
  • producing a local flood risk management strategy
    adobe_acrobat icon Local Flood Risk Management Strategy [243kb]
  • consenting works on ordinary water courses
  • enforcing works to maintain the flow on ordinary water courses

Our partners

We work together with many other risk management authorities to manage flood risk from all sources. These include:

If there is a flood

Report flooding or standing water with our online service or call 08000 514 514 in an emergency.

Visit the Emergency Services webpage to find contact details and other advice services.

adobe_acrobat icon Your Essential Flood Guide - information, news and forward planning [364kb] contains information on staying safe, emergency contacts, what to do in the aftermath of flooding, how to prepare for a flood, help available and other useful advice.

Advice to businesses gives hygiene and safety advice for businesses, to prepare for and in the event of a flood.

Check flood risk areas

To see whether your property or business is in an area at risk of flooding visit the Environment Agency's Floodline site and type in your postcode. You will also be able to sign up to their free flood alerts online .

If you have a watercourse on your land

If you live next to a watercourse and own at least one of the banks you are a 'riparian owner'. You have a responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of that watercourse to ensure that it is not a flood risk to other people or property. The leaflet adobe_acrobat icon Waterside Living in Gloucestershire [897kb] explains further.

If you are planning to build anything that may affect the flow of water in a watercourse you may need consent. More details may be found on our Land drainage consent webpage.

Want to know more?

Links to further help and advice