Self Help and Responsibilities
Reducing flood risk
People and property: protecting ourselves and our property is a key part of helping to reduce the impact of
flooding not only on our own homes and businesses, but on our community as well. What can you do?
The National Flood Forum has produced an information booklet Ready for
Flooding which outlines a range of means of protecting your property. It includes advide on
prepration for floods and on flood recovery, on insurance and it can also help in preparing your own individual
The Environment Agency has produced a brochure Living on the
Edge, downloadable free of charge and which is essential reading for any owner of property on or adjacent
to rivers. In particular, for the Teme and the Corve, both of which are classed as main rivers, it
is the landowner's responsibility to ensure that any obstructions to water flow are cleared. This means that
for large obstructions and where there is a potential flood risk the Environment Agency should be consulted.
Environment Agency can be contacted on 03708 505 506 Monday-Friday 0800-1600 or by email. They also have an incident hotline on 0800 807060 and
floodline 0345 988 1188, both 24-hour response.
Who is vulnerable?
If your home is flooded, will you need assistance to leave quickly? Are your neighbours vulnerable, old or
infirm? Make sure that 'someone' in your street knows who may need help in an emergency. When flooding
happens, speed is of the essence!
The fist line of defence against an imminent flood incident is sandbags. The Environment Agency
have produced a
booklet containing useful advice on acquiring and using them.
Free property flood protection assessments
Shropshire Council's Flood and Water Management team is working hard to manage flood risk across the county
and is busy learning about the flooding issues that affect different areas. As part of this brief it is
offering property owners in Shropshire free flood protection assessments of properties in which internal
flooding has been experienced. Assessments are carried out by an approved surveyor who is independent of the
manufacturers of products related to flooding.
An assessment will be made of the likely routes of ingress of flood water entering your property, and measures
that could be taken to prevent or mitigate flood damage to your home will be suggested. After visiting, the
surveyor will issue a brief report outlining the findings. You can then use the report to help plan
protective measures for your property. Shropshire Council can provide further guidance on the types of
product that are available.
To request a visit please send your contact details including name, address, postcode and telephone
number to email@example.com. Please pass this
information on to residents in your parish who may be interested.