Wealden District Council
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Flood Warnings

Flood warnings are issued by the Environment Agency.

There are three types of warnings

  • Flood Alert – Flooding possible. Be prepared!
  • Flood Warning – Flooding expected. Immediate action required!
  • Severe Flood Warning – Severe flooding expected. Danger to life

Warnings no longer in force – No further flooding is currently expected

Preparing for a flood

Sign up to get flood warnings for your area direct to your telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message or fax by registering at the Environment Agency website  or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188

For the status of Flood Warning Areas and rivers in the District go to:

It is the responsibility of home owners to protect their property from flooding.  If you are aware that there is a risk of flooding, be prepared with:

  • an emergency kit
  • emergency contact details
  • sand bags

Sandbags in emergencies

Householders are encouraged to protect themselves against flood risk and there are a number of products available which help protect property. Sandbags are readily available at builders merchants and there are lots of modern alternatives that are easier to store and expand. For more information about different products please go to:

Wealden District Council like most other authorities does not supply sandbags unless a Civil Emergency has been declared (Civil Contingencies Act 2004).

Flooding and Reservoir Plans

As part of our response to flooding we maintain and use flood plans covering Pevensey Bay (including Normans Bay and Westham) and Uckfield. For more information, including reservoir maps, visit the following websites:

What to do in a flood

Visit GOV.UK to find out what you need to do if your area receives a flood alert

What to do after a flood

  • Check with the emergency services that it’s safe to return to your property.
  • Do not turn on your water, gas or electricity. Get your utilities company or a qualified engineer to check they are safe before turning them back on.
  • Check for any current or future flood warnings and sign up for flood warnings to get updates.

Get help and support

If you need information and advice, contact Floodline, 24-hour service. Find out about Floodline call charges

  • Telephone: 0345 988 1188
  • Textphone: 0345 602 6340