Floods can damage your property and flood water may contain sewerage and other contaminants that are a risk to your health. By planning ahead and taking precautions you can help reduce the impact of flooding on your household.
How to prepare
For practical advice to keep you safe and help you prepare for a flood, visit:
For communities seeking advice on the flood risk to their property and how they can make it more flood-resistant, contact The Flood Advisory Service on 0800 970 3950, available Monday-Friday.
There are a number of resources available to keep you up-to-date on the current flood situation and help you measure the flood risk to your property.
Protecting your property
Property owners are responsible for protecting their own properties in the event of a flood, if you are a tenant it will be your landlord who has this responsibility.
- For residents that have been evacuated, only return to your property if there is no police presence and the cordon has been removed.
- Homeowners - contact your building and contents insurance company. Take photos or bring in the insurance assessor before tidying up/repairing any damage
- Wigan and Leigh Homes residents - report repairs online (external link) and contact your contents insurance company
- Private rent tenants - check your tenancy agreement and contact your contents insurance company.
After a flood
Flood investigation reports
We have a duty to investigate and publish a report on any flooding in the area: