Somerset County Council

Flooding information


Flood warnings
For details of flood warnings please visit the Environment Agency's website
For weather information please visit the Met Office website

For up to date information about floods affecting roads in Somerset, please visit the Travel Somerset website.

Please report any problems on the roads to us when it is safe to do so on 0300 123 2224.

You can also find more information on the current condition of roads on our Somerset Gritter twitter account.

Driving Advice

  • Do not drive through deep water. Cars can stall and be washed away.
  • Drive at speeds appropriate to the weather conditions, and remember that surface water can cause aquaplaning.
  • If you are travelling a long distance ensure that you have clothing, blankets food and drink in the car in case you are subject to long delays.

School closures
When schools close you can find a list of schools which have let us know they are closed, or have restricted opening on the Somerset Learning Platform.

Transport information
You can find details of public, school and care transport which has been affected by flooding on our Transport affected by bad weather page.

Missed waste collections
You can find details of waste collections which have been missed because of flooding, and what you should do if this has affected you on the Somerset Waste Partnership website.

If your property is already flooded you should contact the fire service. If you are concerned that your property could flood you should contact your local district council for information on sand bags:

South Somerset
Taunton Deane
West Somerset

Insurance and flooding 
Following the floods of 2007, DEFRA and the Association of British Insurers have developed information for householders and businesses regarding insurance in areas that are at risk. There is also information on flood resilient homes and what you can do to reduce flood damage.  

Food safety
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) gives advice on issues relating to food safety after a flooding incident. The FSA website is linked to this website.  

Health issues 
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) produces various leaflets on health issues after a flooding incident. The HPA website is linked to this website.

General advice

  • Do not enter moving water. Moving water 18 inches deep can knock an adult over.
  • Be aware of the location of drain and manhole covers. Water pressure can lift them out of place leaving a hidden danger.
  • All flood water is potentially contaminated. Do not allow children to play in it and ensure that you wash yourself thoroughly if you have been in contact with flood water.
  • Ensure where possible that drains and screens are clear of debris to allow water to flow away freely.
  • Do not approach any power cables that have been brought down by the weather. They could be live and therefore dangerous.
  • Check that pets and livestock kept outside can move freely and escape rising water.
  • If you are travelling in remote areas ensure that family or friends know when you are leaving and your expected arrival time.
  • Make sure mobile telephones are fully charged as emergency calls are free even if you have no credit.
  • Check to make sure elderly or vulnerable neighbours are ok.
  • Do not put yourself at risk. 

Flood Protection Products and Services Directory
This is a directory of flood protection products and services put together to help you protect your home or business against flooding. Whilst we cannot endorse any of the products, we are happy to provide the information to enable you to make informed choices.  

Caution: where there is a risk of flooding to a depth of more than 0.9m, keeping water out can sometimes do more harm than good. The pressure of water against your property may cause structural damage to the building itself.  

The National Flood Forum recommends that you visit the Environment Agency website before purchasing any flood protection products.  

You can also ring Floodline on 0845 988 1188 and ask for copies of their information booklets "Preparing for a Flood", "During a Flood" and "After a Flood".  


Contact: Somerset Local Authorities' Civil Contingencies Unit 
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY 
Contact no 0300 123 2224 

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed

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