Flooding information and advice
Date Added: 13/02/2014
Sandy has not been as adversely affected by flooding compared with some communities in the UK but several parts of the town have the potential for flooding.
Please check the Environment Agency website for flood warnings and register for flood alerts. For the latest news about local flooding listen to the local radio and check the Highways Agency website. You can do this online www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the Environment Agency’s 24-hour Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or 0345 988 1188. People using social media can also keep up to date by following @envagencyanglia on Twitter, or using the hashtag: #floodaware.
If you are concerned about flooding in Sandy please follow the advice below.
If you feel the inside of your property (i.e. not garden, garage or driveway but living space) is at imminent risk of flooding you should call the Fire and Rescue Service on 999.
If you ever feel life is at risk you should always call the Fire Service immediately on 999.
If you are concerned about potential flooding and how you can protect yout property please read Central Bedfordshire Council's flood guide online. This provides advice on who you should call depending on the nature of the flooding and measures you can take to protect your own property. Residents can also report flooding or surface water on the roads or fallen trees straight to CBC's Highways team on the Highways Helpdesk telephone number 0300 300 8049. This phone number is also available out of office hours in case of emergencies.
You can also check the Highways Agency website for any issues with major roads or listen to the local radio for more local information. The advice to both drivers and pedestrians is not to attempt to drive or walk through any flood water and to look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees in high winds.
Central Bedfordshire Council maintains a Crisis Management Plan, which can be activated to respond to any emergency. They are in regular contact with the various agencies like the Met Office, Environment Agency, Police and others to share information and coordinate any action required. Whilst the bad weather continues CBC's Emergency Planning and Highways teams are on full alert.
Some communities have formed their own Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), a current list can be found on the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resiliance Forum website. If you would be interested in finding out more and having your own team and Community Emergency Plan please contact [email protected].