Gully Cleaning and Sandbags | Flood guidance | Oldham Council

4. Gully Cleaning and Sandbags

Keeping gullies clear is important to ensure water can drain away.

Subject to access, we aim to inspect all roadside gullies on a cyclical basis, in accordance with a scheduled programme.

By working to the scheduled programme the Council is able to work efficiently and ensure that every gully gets visited as quickly as possible. Ad-hoc visits will delay the programme, therefore Council is not currently accepting reports of blocked gullies.

If a blocked gully is putting your property at risk of flooding, please let us know and we will inspect and arrange for it to be cleared if necessary.

Contact the gully team

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

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.


Sandbags are not generally effective in preventing water entering properties. The Council does not provide sand bags directly to property owners, occupants or businesses.