Flood alerts


Safeguarding your home

Long-term preparation

  • Board your loft to create more space to move possessions above flood levels
  • Fit portable flood barrier products (available from builders’ merchants)
  • Check for cracks around the sealants on window and door frames
  • Check for gaps on brickwork and cracks around the windows, doors and piping
  • Clean gutters and ditches regularly and do not deposit oil or building materials down gullies
  • Never fill a culvert to create an extra patch of garden

Gully/drain cleaning

Keeping gullies clear is critical to making sure water can drain away.

Gullies on a public highway will be cleaned by the council.

Contact the gullies team.

  • Phone: 0161 770 4325 during working hours
  • Phone: 0161 770 2222 for out of hours emergency

If you own your home or rent from a private landlord, the home owner is responsible for keeping these gullies clean, including drains on unadopted roads.

Building and extensions

  • Consult building and planning regulations for advice on flood prevention measures before starting a building project
  • Install electrical sockets as high as possible above flood water levels
  • Put new boilers and/or other heating units on the first floor

A flood is on the way

Do as much as you can in daylight; it will be a lot harder after dark if the electricity fails.

People and pets

  • Listen to your local radio and TV weather forecasts and for advice from the emergency services
  • Alert your neighbours, particularly the elderly
  • Store food and water upstairs
  • Bring caged outdoor pets inside
  • Move all pets with food, water, bedding and litter trays upstairs
  • Flood advice - RSPCA website

Property and furniture

  • Move your car to higher ground
  • Roll up carpets and rugs and move them out of the way
  • Empty furniture drawers and cupboards
  • Take furniture upstairs, if possible
  • Raise furniture on bricks and pull away from the wall
  • Weigh down furniture which is too heavy to move
  • Fasten plastic bags around the legs of wooden furniture to help minimise absorption of water
  • Take down curtains or wrap them round the curtain pole
  • Store valuable or sentimental items and important documents upstairs

Electrics and gas

  • Move computers and other electrical equipment upstairs or above the flood level
  • Turn off mains gas and electricity
  • Disconnect electrical appliances

Drains and plumbing

  • Put plugs in sinks and weigh them down with something heavy to prevent backflow from the drains
  • Weigh down the toilet seat


Sandbags sometimes help to prevent water getting into your home.

You can buy sand at builders’ merchants and most DIY/garden centres.

Sand is abrasive so always wear rubber gloves when handling it

Make a sandbag:

  • Half fill an old pillow case or refuse sack with sand or soil
  • Tie or tuck in the neck of the bags
  • Lift the sandbag by the neck and place it across the doorway. Make sure it sits snugly against the door and frame
  • Pull the neck back across the top of the bag, then layer in a brick formation so that the joints are staggered
  • Stamp on the bags to plug any gaps

Sandbags last longer if you store them out of the rain or direct sunshine.

Flood links

First Response
Robert Peacock House
Vulcan Street
Oldham, OL1 4LA
Tel 0161 770 2222
Uppermill Homes in Danger from Flash Flooding Uppermill Homes in Danger from Flash Flooding The Environment Agency is contacting properties near the River Tame in Uppermill that are at risk from flash flooding. Find out more about flash floods in the brochure. Your Community is at Risk of Flash Flooding