In the event of severe weather, detailed below is some information of local authorities and organisations which might assist you.
Who to contact about flooding in your area
Flooding from surface water (rainfall)- Essex Flood and Water Management Team
If your property has been damaged by surface water flooding Essex Flood and Water Management Team will be able to investigate the cause of the flooding where possible and recommend solutions.
As the Lead Local Flood Authority, Essex County Council has a role in overseeing the management of local flood risks, including:
• Groundwater flooding
• Surface water (rainfall) runoff
• Ordinary watercourse (streams and ditches)
Their responsibilities include:
• Managing flood risk from surface water runoff or groundwater
• Agreeing to any changes to ordinary watercourses
• Recoding, investigating and publishing reports on significant surface water floods in the county
• Recording flood assets and identifying those responsible for maintaining them.
• Ensuring features which have a significant impact on flood risk cannot be removed or replaced without consent
• Ensuring good drainage in new developments (SuDS)
• Reducing the risk of flooding wherever possible
Tel: 08547 430430
Flooding from highways drains or gullies
Essex County Council Highways
Tel: 0845 603 7631
Flooding from water pipes
Tel: 08457 145145 (24 hour helpline)
Tel: 0800 714614
What Is Internal flooding?
Where wastewater has entered your property through doorways, airbricks, cable ducts or other means.
What Is External flooding?
Where wastewater has flooded your garden but not entered your property.
The Environment Agency is responsible for dealing with coastal flooding and flooding from main rivers.
Incident hotline Tel: 0800 807060
Recorded flood warning information for your area and advice: 0845 988 1188
To check if you are at risk of flood or for more information on current flood warnings click here
How can I make an insurance claim for the damage to my property?
Please talk to your insurance company about any loss or damage you have experienced.
Alternatively you may wish to speak to Essex County Council who are the Lead Local Flood Authority with responsibility for surface water.
UK Power Networks work closely with the Met Office receiving regular updates.
In the event of any power cut with damaged lines, the public are urged to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to UK Power Networks.
Reporting a Power Cut
105 is a new three – digit number that people can call to report or get information about power cuts. You can also call 105 with any welfare concerns related to a power cut, or if you are worried about the safety of over or underground electricity cables or substations.
105 is free of charge and will put you through to your electricity network operator. You can use 105 from most landlines and mobile phones.
Preparing for a power cut
Below is some advice on how you can prepare for a power cut:
• Keep our freephone number handy
• See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut.
• Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
• Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
• Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
• Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
• Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
• Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
• Exercise caution in localised flooded areas -specific advice is available on the Environment Agency website.
• Look out for elderly neighbours and other vulnerable people
Occasionally National Grid Gas are called to deal with a major incident involving a problem with one of their assets. The define a major incident as something that affects a significant number of households. When there is a live incident they will publish information around that specification incident in their in your area section of their web page and on Facebook and Twitter.
A gas incident can come in one of two types:
Water ingress – Where water has got into the gas supply, normally via a burst water main causing damage to pipes and possibly appliances. Loss of supply for reasons other than water ingress, which could be due to failure or an accident involving their gas equipment.
For more information on gas incident procedures click here
Contacting National Grid Gas
To report a gas incident please call the National Grid Gas Emergency Service number 0800 111 999 available 24hours a day.
In the event of a fire call 999.
Most fires are preventable. Fires need three things to start – a source of ignition (heat), a source of fuel (something that burns) and oxygen:
•sources of ignition include heaters, lighting, naked flames, electrical equipment, smokers’ materials (cigarettes, matches etc), and anything else that can get very hot or cause sparks
•sources of fuel include wood, paper, plastic, rubber or foam, loose packaging materials, waste rubbish and furniture
•sources of oxygen include the air around us.
Smoke alarms save lives.
If your home does not have a smoke alarm, call 0300 303 0088 to arrange a free home fire safety visit.
For more information on fire safey in your home click here
The management of navigational incidents within the tidal Thames is normally undertaken through Port of London Authority (PLA) Port Control Centre, Gravesend or the Thames Barrier Navigation Centre at Woolwich.
The PLA's Emergency Manual provides the strategic basis for dealing with emergencies within or affecting the PLA’s area of jurisdiction including:
• Chemical Pollution
• Collision with vessel/shore installation
• Fire/explosion – vessel
• Fire/explosion – ashore
• Hazardous substances washed ashore
• Oil pollution
• Contacting the Port of London Authority in an emergency or an incident that has implications for the tidal Thames
Port Control Centre (PCC) Duty Port Controller (24hrs) – 01474 562 215
Thames Barrier Navigation centre (TBNC) Duty Officer (24hrs) – 0208 855 0315
The PCC leads on incidents linked to Essex and Kent, TBNC leads for London, but either can take an initial notification.
Routine Emergency Planning and Resilience issues
Please contact PLA
Tel: 01474 562 269
London River House
Royal Pier Road
For more information on Port Operations and Emergency Situations click here