If you are not prepared for the possibility of a flood, recovery can be slow, stressful and costly. There are a number of things you can do to make sure you are prepared:

Are you at risk from flooding?

Check if you are at risk from flooding by viewing the Environment Agency’s Flood Maps.

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Get flood warnings

If you are at risk of flooding from the sea you can sign up to receive flood warnings. The service is free and you can get warnings by phone, email or text message.  

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Alternatively you can call Floodline on 0345 988 11 88.

The Environment Agency do not provide a Flood Warning Service for watercourses in Torbay but you can monitor Severe Weather Warnings via the Met Office website or local TV, Radio and Social Media. Severe weather warnings will alert you to severe weather events which could lead to flooding.

Write a flood plan

If you live in a flood risk area, do what you can now to prepare for a flood. Consider writing your own flood plan so that you have a list of things to do to reduce the impact of flooding. Don’t wait until it happens; you may not have time. Click on the links below for further guidance:

Protect your property

If you are a homeowner, it is your responsibility to protect your property from flooding. Making your property resilient to floodwater will limit the distress and damage caused by flooding, which means less costly repairs and less time out of your home or business premises. For further advice click on the links below:

Get flood risk insurance

Ensure you have home insurance in place to cover both building (unless rented) and contents. The National Flood Forum provide guidance on getting flood risk insurance.