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.
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.
- Eastbourne Borough Council – flooding
- Hastings Borough Council – emergency planning
- Lewes District Council – managing flooding
- Rother District Council – flooding
- Wealden District Council – flooding and severe weather
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.