During a flood
In the event of a flood, Wyre Council will work with the Environment Agency, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council and other appropriate agencies to help those affected.
- Flood water can rise quickly, so always focus on the safety of you and your family before your property and be prepared to act quickly. If there is an immediate risk to life or you are trapped by flood water call 999.
- If you are asked to evacuate your home, follow the advice of the emergency services.
- Avoid walking or driving through floodwater. Driving in flood water significantly increases risk of drowning.
- Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if flood water is about to enter your home. Do not touch any electrical appliances or cables when standing in flood water.
- Move family, pets and your flood kit upstairs, or to a high place with a means of escape.
- Know what to do in a power cut.
- Avoid contact with flood water and wash your hands regularly. Swallowing flood water or mud can cause diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain.
- During a flooding incident the Council will look to provide assistance to affected residents where possible including, if required, the issuing of sandbags. It is not possible for the Council to provide sandbags to each and every property that may require them. The Council will make available a stock of sandbags at an easily accessible location close to properties that may be affected and residents will be encouraged to make use of these to protect their own properties.
- The location of sandbags drop zones/stocks will be made available on this website and on our Facebook page and bags may be deployed to any of the designated drop zones on pages 23 and 24 of the Wyre Flood Plan. Further updates would be made during a severe weather or flooding event and will be available on our social media pages or by ringing the Duty Officer on 01253 895116.
- Permanent sandbag stocks are available for collection from the locations below:
- For areas in Thornton - in the carpark next to the outdoor football pitches, Thornton Sports Centre, Victoria Rd East, Thornton-Cleveleys Lancashire FY5 3SX.
- For areas in Poulton - in the Civic Centre Car Park, Breck Road, FY6 7PU, to the rear next to the garages on the right as you enter the site.
- Sunnyside Terrace Pressall - stored in or close to the barn at bottom of Cart Gate for flood alleviation measures, Pressall FY6 0EH.
- For areas in Churchtown - Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall, The Avenue, Churchtown, Preston PR3 OHR
- For areas in St Michaels - St Michaels Parish Hall, Blackpool Road, Preston PR3 OTJ
- These stocks are checked regularly throughout the year, they will only be made freely available during a flooding incident, and again during any incident it would be our best endeavours to replenish stocks at our earliest opportunity. Further sandbags may be made available and deployed where necessary if the council's Wyre Flood Plan Part One is activated.
- Residents wishing to buy their own sandbags ahead of any flooding should contact their local builders’ merchants.
- Check on vulnerable neighbours and relatives who may be unable to raise the alarm or evacuate their property. Only call 999 if it is an emergency. If there isn't a risk to life but you are worried about someone, please call 101 and log the information with the police.
Emergency contact details
- Tune in to your local radio station for the latest information about flooding and traffic reports.
- Check for Met Office severe weather warnings.
- Follow Wyre Council on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
- Follow the hashtags #LancsAlert and #FloodAware on Twitter.
- Wyre Council - call 01253 891000. Outside normal office hours call the emergency out of hours service on 01253 895116.
- Lancashire Police – call 999 if there is an immediate risk to life (call 101 for non-emergencies). For highways emergencies call 01772 614444.
- Environment Agency Floodline - call 0345 988 1188 to report a flood or if your property is at risk of flooding from a reservoir, river or coastal water.
- Lancashire County Council - call 0300 123 6780 if flooding is from highway drainage, surface water, groundwater or watercourses. They can also give you advice on local rest centres, road closures or vulnerable people.
- Report a blocked drain or a pothole with Lancashire County Council
- Power cuts – call 105 to report a power cut or get updates when your electricity has been cut off. You can find more flooding advice from Electricity Northwest on their website including their priority services register for customers who may need extra support during a power cut.
- United Utilities – call 0345 6723 723 if flooding is from sewers or burst water mains.
For flooding advice and support contact Wyre Council on:
- Telephone: 01253 891000 (out of hours 01253 895116)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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