Emergency Planning

Latest emergency flood information and advice

The Environment Agency operates a flood warning system, giving information to the public, media, emergency services and local Authorities.

Using the latest available technology, staff monitor rainfall, river levels and sea conditions 24 hours a day and use this information to forecast the possibility of flooding. If flooding is forecast, warnings are issued using a set of three easily recognisable codes. The following codes are used:

Flood Alert - Flooding is possible. Be prepared!

Flood Warning - Flooding is expected. Immediate action required.

Severe Flood Warning - Severe flooding. Danger to life.

When there is a risk of flooding the Agency issues warnings through the media; they are broadcast on TV weather bulletins and on radio weather and travel reports. Make sure you know which is your local radio station.

The Environment Agency provides the Floodline Service - Telephone Number 0845 988 1188. You can listen to recorded flood warning information or speak to an operator for general information and advice 24 hours a day.

What we do

It is the responsibility of a home owner to protect their property from the risk of flooding.

Our approach to providing emergency assistance during times of flooding is as follows:

  • We provide assistance to the emergency services when called upon. 
  • The Council only has sandbags for the use of the emergency services. People should contact local builders merchants if they need sandbags.
  • Very serious flooding resulting in the need for evacuation of houses, provision of temporary accommodation and the like is covered by the Council's Emergency Plan.

When the ground is saturated even small additional amounts of rainfall will find it difficult to drain away from gardens and enclosed spaces. 

Tel: 01785 619402
Fax: 01785 619473
Email: info@staffordbc.gov.uk
Related pages
Flood Awareness Campaign
Related links
Environment Agency
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