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Flooding: Outline

The Environment Agency operates a flood warning system, giving information to the public, media, emergency services and local authorities.

Using the latest available technology, the Environment Agency monitor rainfall, river levels and sea conditions 24 hours a day and use this information to forecast the possibility of flooding. If flooding is forecast, warnings are issued using a set of four easily recognisable codes. The following codes are used:

Flood Alert - flooding is possible. Be prepared.

Flood Warning - flooding is expected. Immediate action required.

Severe Flood Warning - severe flooding, danger to life.

Warning no longer in force - flood warnings and flood alerts that have been removed in the last 24 hours

For more information on the current flooding situation, visit the Environment Agency.

When there is a risk of flooding the Agency issues warnings through the media; they are broadcast on TV weather bulletins and on radio weather and travel reports. Make sure you know which is your local radio station.

The Environment Agency provides the Floodline Service - Telephone Number 0845 988 1188 . You can listen to recorded flood warning information or speak to an operator for general information and advice 24 hours a day.

Rossendale Borough Council has teamed up with the Environment Agency to join their Extended Floodline Serivce, where the Council has provided up-to-date, local procedure information which should aid residents before, during and after a flood.

Rossendale Borough Council has provided information on the sandbag policy, information on cleaning up after a flooding incident and details of any local community flood plans in place.

Lancashire County Council has also joined the Extended Floodline Service so information on highways, vulnerable people, culverts, gullies, flooding from ground water and much more will also be avaliable.

For further information please see flood preparation advice leaflets under related downloads.

Report localised flooding

If flooding is caused by sewers, please contact United Utilities.

If flooding if there is flooding on the roads or highways please contact Lancashire County Council Highways Department, details supplied below.

If you have concerns regarding public health and safety due to flooding, please contact our Environmental Health Team, details supplied below.

To report flooding during a flood incident, please contact the Environment Agency directly via the incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (24 hrs)


Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) except public holidays.

Further Information

Contact: Environmental Health

Telephone: 01706 252565

Environmental Health Team, The Business Centre, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancs, OL13 0BB

Contact: Highways

Telephone: 0300 123 6780

lancashire county council, highways customer service centre, Preston, PO Box 9, Lancs, PR1 8RD

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