Call 999 for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or a risk of serious property or environmental damage.
Burst water main
Roads, blocked gullies, gratings and drains
Other watercourses such as a stream or ditches
Prepare for flooding:
Protect your home from flooding
Flood protection products
To arrange collection of ready-made sandbags from Witney call:
In an emergency loose sand and bags are available for householders to make up themselves at the following neighbourhood sandbag centres:
Sandbags are simply cloth bags that hold sand or soil so that a low wall can be built to dam the flow of water. Lay plastic sheeting under and around the wall to make it more water tight. Hold the plastic in place using sandbags.
Bin liners or carrier bags filled with soil will also serve or 'grow bags' are the right shape and light enough to be carried around easily. Alternatively, visit your local DIY store or you can buy products that inflate from the National Flood Forum directory (see 'flood protection products' above).
Property owners /occupiers are responsible for disposing their own sandbags once the risk of flooding has subsided - if emptied and dried, the sacks can be used again. The sand can be dug into the garden to assist in soil drainage.
Sandbags are only effective for water up to about 20cm/8" deep.
Travel during flooding
Walking: Do not walk through flooded areas - there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels.
Transport and travel: Do not try to drive through flooded roads or fords - the water is often deeper than it looks and your vehicle may be swept away or you may become stranded.
For the latest travel and transport information visit:
Clearing up after a flood
For useful information download our leaflet:
Do not re-enter your house until all floodwater has been removed. The fire service may be able to help you with pumping floodwater out of your house but if the water is still rising, there is no point pumping out - it will only come straight back in! See:
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