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Flood preparations

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If you live in an area that has been flooded in the recent past you are strongly advised to give some thought to flood protection measures for your property. Responsibility for protecting individual properties against flooding lies with the householder and not the local authority.

Removable flood boards or gates, although more costly, are significantly more effective than sandbags in preventing water entry through doorways and air bricks and are therefore likely to provide better protection during floods.

In line with all the other local authorities in Suffolk, Ipswich Borough Council does not issue filled sandbags to individual members of the public. Filled or empty sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants listed in the Yellow Pages.

During a flood, Suffolk Fire Service may help by pumping floodwater out from homes. In serious cases of flooding they may also be involved in helping to rescue people who have been stranded by floodwater.

Flood forecasts and warnings

Flood warning information, as well as guidance about preparing for floods, can be found on GOV.UK or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

The Met Office provides local weather warnings on their website when exceptionally heavy rain is forecast.

Flooding guidance

See also Drainage and flooding

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Emergency Planning,
Ipswich Borough Council,
2E Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 433431