The current Environment Agencies’ flood warning codes are:

Flood Alert
This means ‘flooding of low-lying land and roads is expected’.
Community actions should be:

  • Watch and monitor water levels
  • Listen/watch local radio and TV
  • Ring Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for further information
  • Make sure you have what you need to put your personal flood plan into action
  • Alert neighbours, particularly the elderly or vulnerable
  • Check pets and livestock
  • Reconsider travel plans

Flood Warning
This means ‘flooding of homes and businesses is expected’.
Community actions should be as for flood alert plus:
  • Move vehicles, food valuables, pets and other items to safety
  • Put sandbags in place
  • Prepare to turn off gas and electricity
  • Be prepared to evacuate your home
  • Protect yourself, your family and others that need your help

Severe Flood Warning
This means ‘Severe flooding is expected’.
Community actions should be as for flood alert and flood warning plus:
  • Be prepared to lose power supplies – electricity, gas, water and telephone
  • Try to keep calm and reassure others
  • Cooperate with emergency services and local authorities
  • You may be evacuated

All clear
This means that flood warnings or watches are no longer in force for this area.
Community actions should be:
  • Check all is safe to return
  • Seek advice from the Environment Agency if unsure
Copies of these codes are available from the Emergency Plan Coordinator or Flood Wardens.