Flood - prevention

Our Being prepared for Flooding leaflet provides a list of agencies, contacts and their responsibilities, during flash and fluvial (river) flooding. This includes the responsibilities of Severn Trent, the Environment Agency,Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board, local councils and the emergency services.

Communities and individuals

If you live in an area that is at risk of flooding, you should ensure that you and your family are prepared to protect your property. Ultimately it is your responsibility.

The Environment Agency has a website dedicated to preparing for and dealing with flooding. The agency offers advice on how to make your home flood resistant, preparations for businesses and advice for older people.

Flood protection products

If your property is at risk from flooding you might consider the many flood protection products on the market or, at least, store a supply of sandbags. 

The National Flood Forum has compiled a directory of flood protection products and services. 

(Newark and Sherwood District Council cannot and does not endorse any of the products advertised.)

Households should also ensure they have adequate buildings and contents insurance.


If you own land or property along a river or watercourse you have rights and responsibilities, including maintaining the free flow of water. There should be no obstruction, pollution or diversions affecting the water. Fly tipping can cause obstructions to the free flow of water and can affect many others living nearby. If you are aware of any fly tipping in any watercourse within the district then please contact the district council.

You can also report flytipping online. 


The Environment Agency gives practical advice on what to do to stay safe before, during and after a flood on their website.

If you live in a flood risk area, please familiarise yourself and your family with preparations for evacuating your home.

The district council cannot support families who remain in flooded properties.

Make a flood kit - Keep it safe and easy to reach

A flood kit should include some key essentials:

  • Important personal documents
  • Torch
  • Battery-powered or wind up radio
  • Rubber gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Baby essentials
  • Important phone numbers
  • Disposable camera

If you receive a flood warning, add

  • Wellington boots
  • Waterproof clothing

Southwell Flood Study

Nottinghamshire County Council lead on the management of flood risk in Nottinghamshire and work alongside partners to manage flooding from local sources: surface water, ordinary watercourses and groundwater. 

For more details on the flood study in Southwell and to view the full report please visit Nottinghamshire County Council's website.

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