Flooding advice

Get flood warnings

Sign up to get free automated flood warnings by phone, text or email:

You can also sign up by phone – call the Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

If there is an emergency

Dial 999 for police, fire or ambulance.

To report problems

To report flooded roads or pavements -

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

See the GOV.UK website for key information on how to prepare your home and family for flooding.

Home Insurance

If you are considering home insurance for a property which is at risk of flooding, please read the Flood Re Information Leaflet.

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.

Weather reports

Flood plans

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.