Flooding Advice and Information

Redcar and Cleveland Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Consultation Draft

Flood strategy consultation

We consulted on a proposed Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Redcar and Cleveland in early 2017.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) for Redcar and Cleveland sets out a borough wide strategy for managing the risks of local flooding.

The Strategy aims to:
  • understand flood risk in Redcar and Cleveland
  • lessen flood risk
  • increase resilience to flood risk

The LFRMS will help to ensure that the Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water Ltd, ourselves and other partners work together to help protect the people and businesses of Redcar and Cleveland from flooding.

The Environment Agency use the latest available technology, rainfall, river levels and sea conditions are monitored 24 hours a day. This information is used to forecast the possibility of flooding. If flooding is forecast, warnings are issued using a set of four easily recognisable codes. The following codes are used:

Flood Alert - Flooding is possible. Be prepared.

Flood Warning - Flooding is expected. Immediate action required.

Severe Flood Warning - Severe flooding. Danger to life.

Warnings no longer in force No further flooding is currently expected in your area.

For more information on the current flooding situation, visit the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk

When there is a risk of flooding the Agency issues warnings through the media; they are broadcast on TV weather bulletins and on radio weather and travel reports. Make sure you know which is your local radio station.

The Environment Agency provides the Floodline Service - Telephone Number 0845 988 1188 or 0345 9881188 . You can listen to recorded flood warning information or speak to an operator for general information and advice 24 hours a day.

What this Council Will Do
The Council's approach to providing emergency assistance during times of flooding is as follows:
  • The Council will respond to dangers and hazards that may occur on the adopted highway as a result of a Flooding event and will provide plant, equipment signage and manpower as it feels appropriate.
  • The Council will assist the emergency services during a Flooding incident
  • The Council maintains stocks of sandbags at strategic locations during times of potential flooding, these sandbag stocks are used to provide protection to critical infrastructure, sand bags may be available to assist with the defence from flooding to person or property if resources are available and we are satisfied that our critical infrastructure has been adequately protected
  • During times of severe flooding the Council will provide, engineering advice to assist with the use of and prioritization of available resources and will control the situation where appropriate.
  • The Council will assist with the dissemination of Environment Agency flood warnings where appropriate. The Council will keep the necessary equipment at their depot to carry out the above functions, or have facilities to get access to the appropriate equipment rapidly.
  • The consequences of very serious flooding resulting in the need for evacuation of houses, provision of temporary accommodation and the like is covered by the Council's Major Incident Plan.

Information about flood insurance for residents from Flood Re
Flood Re is the national scheme designed to help provide better access to affordable home insurance for those in high flood-risk areas across the UK. It represents a long-term, sustainable approach to providing home insurance for those at flood risk.

The information leaflet FloodRe Leaflet describes how Flood Re will work for customers. There is also a video available to watch at: http://www.floodre.co.uk/customer-info.

It is important that you shop around for the best insurance policy if you are at high flood-risk. A list of participating insurers is on the website at www.floodre.co.uk.

Advice for those affected by Flooding

Below are some basic precautions for those affected by flooding to keep safe, although health risks are low.
If you are cleaning up flood waters its best to wear water proofs and gloves. Usual household detergents are fine. Take extra care to protect broken skin or cuts from being exposed.

  • Children shouldn't play in flood water
  • Hand hygiene is even more important in these situations. Wash hands frequently and especially before preparing food.
  • Contact your GP or out of hours service if you do feel unwell and seek advice.
  • If mains supply affected then follow the advice of the local water company re boiling water or using bottled water for drinking.

Further information is available from:

The Environment Agency
Met Office Flooding Advice.
Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit

Areas at Risk
Flooding can occur anywhere throughout the Borough during extreme rainfall events obviously if you live near the coast, there is always a possibility that a combination of high tides and bad weather will increase the risk of flooding to your property. It is worth mentioning that flooding can de caused by flash rainfall events that result in increased levels of water runoff from the land, these results in the drainage systems being unable to cope; High river levels also contribute to flooding. Even though engineers undertake regular maintenance of its critical drainage infrastructure to reduce the risk of flooding, the force of nature can overwhelm our efforts and systems.

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