1. Floods

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Flood links


Help and advice on insurance and repairs

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.

Subject to access we aim to cleanse all roadside gullies a minimum of once per year and in accordance with a scheduled programme.

The scheduled programme has been informed by the information we are gathering on the type and location of road and likely flood risk.

If the gully gets significantly worse and is causing a risk to your property, please let us know.

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 aren’t generally effective in preventing water entering properties. The Council will not provide sand bags directly to property owners, occupants or businesses.


As the Lead Local Flood Authority, Oldham Council is required under the Flood and Water Management Act (FWMA), which came into effect in stages beginning August 2010, to develop, maintain, apply and monitor a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS).

The strategy is an important tool to help understand and manage flood risk within the Borough.  It principally aims to tackle ‘local flood risk’, which includes flooding from surface water, groundwater, ordinary watercourses, canals and reservoirs. 

This type of flooding is responsible for most of the households flooded in England, but until now there has been no duty on the Council or the Environment Agency (EA) to address these forms of risk in an coordinated way. 

The strategy aims to address this gap in knowledge and direct and manage the way forward.


Last December, Storm Eva brought unprecedented rainfall to Greater Manchester, resulting in record river levels and disastrous flooding in the region. 

The report summarises the response of Greater Manchester’s emergency services, local authorities, the Environment Agency and United Utilities to help residents and businesses who suffered loss and damage in the event.