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Flood Advice

What to do in the event of a flood

If you are looking for information about an ongoing or potential flooding incident in the Leeds City Council district area, details will be on the website, including the homepage. Also check @LeedsEmergency and @LeedsCC_news​ twitter feeds, or call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 (24-hour service). Typetalk (for people hard of hearing) 0345 602 6340.

Key contacts for reporting flooding in Leeds

If there is an immediate risk to life or you are trapped by floodwater please call the emergency services on 999.

Contact Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Water or the Environment Agency Floodline to report flooding from roads, water mains, public drains, sewers or rivers. Details can be found below.

If you are unsure which agency to contact please ring Leeds City Council for advice and support. You can contact us on 0113 222 4407 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. In an emergency or outside of these hours call 0113 376 0499. You can also use the Report flooding form which can be found in the Top Tasks section on this page.

Flooding from roads

Call Leeds City Council on 0113 222 4407 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. In an  emergency or outside of these hours call 0113 376 0499. You can also use the Report flooding form which can be found in the Top Tasks section on this page.

Flooding from blocked public drains or gullies

Blocked drains and gullies can be reported to Leeds City Council on the drains and gullies page.

Public sewers

Report a blocked sewer or sewage flooding to Yorkshire Water.

Private sewers and drains and flooding in your home

Flooding in your home is the responsibility of the homeowner or occupier. This includes private sewers and drains and flooded cellars. Yorkshire Water or drainage contractors will fix the damage for a fee. If there are any health concerns following a flooding incident you can call Leeds City Council's Environmental Health on 0113 222 4406 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. In an emergency or outside of these hours call 0113 376 0499.

Flooding from a burst water main

Report flooding from a burst water main to Yorkshire Water.

Flooding from a main river

Call the Environment Agency Floodline 0345 988 1188 (24-hour service) or Typetalk (for people hard of hearing) 0345 602 6340 to report flooding from a main river.

Flooding from other rivers

Call Leeds City Council on 0113 222 4407 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. In an emergency or outside of these hours call 0113 376 0499. You can also use the Report flooding form which can be found in the Top Tasks section on this page.

Flooding from groundwater

Call Leeds City Council on 0113 222 4407 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. In an emergency or outside of these hours call 0113 376 0499. You can also use the Report flooding form which can be found in the Top Tasks section on this page.

Floodwater run off

Floodwater run off from ordinary watercourses and culverted (i.e. piped) watercourses, run off from higher land and waterlogged gardens is the responsibility of individual land owners. However, for advice and support you can call Leeds City Council's Flood Risk Management Team on 0113 395 0298 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. In an emergency or outside of these hours call 0113 376 0499. You can also use the Report flooding form which can be found in the Top Tasks section on this page.

Preparing for flooding

Important steps residents can take include:
-signing up to Flood Alerts via the Environment Agency
-completing Household and Community Flood Action Plans
-pre-purchasing Flood Prevention Systems or Sandbags
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Youtube link to Floods Destroy: Think don't sink video​

Youtube link to Community Flood Plans video

Sign up for flood warnings

Household and community flood plans

Sandbags

We have no statutory duty to provide sandbags, but where possible will try and assist residents in imminent danger of flooding.

The Leeds City Council Sandbag Policy can be seen in the documents section on this page.

To ask Leeds City Council for sandbags please call 0113 222 4407 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or 0113 376 0499 at any other time.

You can also use the Request a sandbag form whcih can be found in the Top Tasks section on this page.

Efforts to distribute sandbags during an incident can often be hampered by the weather conditions. We therefore advise residents in flood risk areas to make their own sandbag provisions prior to an incident, or look into other property flood protection systems, rather than rely on the council to provide sandbags during a flood.

Sandbags can be purchased in advance, often from builders merchants. Other vendors can be found via simple internet searches for suppliers in the area.

Suppliers around Leeds Include:
Slingsby - 0800 294 4440 
ASPLI - 0113 2461 550 
Mudfords - 0114 243 3033 
Floodsax - office: 01484 641009, mobile: 07831 598999

Youtube link to How to sandbag your property video

Safety advice during a flood

Visit our homepage and the government flooding website​ and check the @LeedsEmergency​ and @LeedsCC_News.

Alternatively call the floodline on 0345 988 1188 for advice.

Check BBC Radio Leeds on FM 92.4 and 95.3 MHz, MW 774 kHz and DAB or Radio Aire on FM 96.3MHz and DAB.

Call 999 if your safety is at risk. ​

Safety Advice if you stay in your home during a flood
Move yourself, your family, important items and documents upstairs.

Turn off the electric and water supplies in your house if safe to do so.

Avoid contact with flood water, it is likely to be contaminated or contain sewage.

Safety Advice if you leave your home during a flood
Do not attempt to walk or drive through floodwater, only leave your property if it safe to do so.

Turn off the electric and water supplies in your house if safe to do so.

What if I have nowhere to go?
If you need to evacuate your property because of flooding or any other emergency event and do not have any family or friends who live locally, Leeds City Council are responsible for finding an immediate place of safety (for up to 24 hours).

Please call us on 0113 222 4407 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or  0113 376 0499 at any other time and we will advise you about temporary accommodation arrangements. ​​​​

Leeds City Council emergency flood plans

In major flood incidents, the priorities of the Council and its partners are:
 
- to provide material and technical support to the emergency services and Environment Agency in their immediate responses
- to provide welfare support for people evacuated or stranded in homes
- to co-ordinate a recovery process to help smooth a return to normality

We have developed a number of emergency plans for flooding. There is a generic Flooding Plan suitable for all types of flooding, but other plans have been developed with partners to address specific known flood risks such as the River Aire in Central Leeds, and the River Wharfe at Otley.

The Council is working with community groups to develop local flooding plans which can be implemented quickly by local residents to address flooding when it happens, rather than after emergency responders arrive.

More information on the longer term Flood Risk Management Strategy can be found using the link below. 

Leeds is home to two reservoirs that have been identified to require specific contingency planning in case of inundation. Advice to residents who live near Yeadon Tarn or Waterloo Lake (Roundhay Park) can be found in the documents section on this page.

More general information regarding flooding and preparing for emergencies in Leeds can be found in the Emergency Planning Information Brochure in the documents section.
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Flood Risk Management Strategy

Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme

Details of the flood defence scheme taking place along the River Aire can be found using the link below.

Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme

Flood Risk Management

​Leeds City Council approves Leeds Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for Leeds under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

The Leeds district has around 1,000km of watercourses. We maintain council owned watercourses, clear grilles of debris at hotspots, advise on flood risk, design flood alleviation works, inspect and maintain council owned pumping stations and carry out reservoir inspections. Through the planning process we mitigate flood risk due to the impact of development and we work closely with partners during flood events. We endeavour to be a centre of excellence for drainage and flooding issues.

Follow the link below to find out more about our responsibilities.
 

Flood Risk Management

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