Flooding can pose a serious hazard to lives and property. By taking simple precautions you can minimise the damage caused by flooding. The Environment Agency ‘Floodline’ service offers flood warnings for England and Wales.
If you have a flooding emergency you can contact the following numbers:
The Environment Agency also offers practical advice for coping with floods, and minimising the damage that flood water can cause. They also offer a flood map of the UK, so you can see if your home is at risk of flooding.
See below for guidance leaflets that provide practical information in relation to flooding;
Crawley's Amenity Services Division are responsible for keeping any open ditches, culverts or rivers clear of obstructions, in parks and open spaces which come under their ownership. This is to ensure a clear and unobstructed passage of water through the ditch or channel. So, if you see a blocked ditch or river in a park area or open space, please let us know.
Most flooding in Crawley is due to the sheer volume of water going into streams and rivers after persistent heavy rain. If you are affected by flooding, you can call Amenity Services at the number above. Unfortunately we cannot provide sandbags - you should be able to obtain them from a local builder’s merchants or garden centre.
Crawley Borough Council is not responsible for maintenance or clearance of pipes where water passes underground, this is the responsibility of Thames Water .
Water pollution in rivers comes under the responsibility of the Environment Agency and should be reported directly to them.
The Environment Agency issues flood warnings for rivers and streams around Crawley. Click on the link to check the current status of Crawley:
The Environment Agency provides online maps showing areas that may be at risk of flooding. Click on the link to view the flood map for Crawley:
To read about the Government’s planning policy on development and flood risk visit the www.gov.uk website.
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