Preparing for flooding

The Environment Agency issues flood alerts and warnings which can be found on their website.

Surrey County Council has been working with organisations including the Environment Agency and district and borough councils to prepare for future flooding.

Since the severe floods during the winter of 2013 and 2014:  

– Surrey County Council has teamed up with six other councils and the Environment Agency to push for the River Thames flood defence scheme which will better protect 10,000 homes and businesses in Surrey alone.

– More than 650 households and businesses have claimed Government grants of up to £5,000 to protect against future damage from floods. A total of £2.6million has been awarded in ‘repair and renew grants’ for a range of measures including flood doors, window guards and sump pumps.*

– We have spearheaded a major drive to improve the resilience of communities to flooding which includes training programmes for community volunteers.

– We have successfully bid for more than £5million from the Government for flood schemes in 2015/16 which aim to reduce the risk of flooding from surface water and smaller rivers and streams. This includes works currently being carried out on the Caterham Bourne.

– We are working with the Environment Agency, which is responsible for managing flood risk on main rivers, on a number of flood schemes in Surrey including in Godalming, Guildford, Old Woking, Byfleet, Weybridge and Leatherhead.

– We have invested in repairs and maintenance to drains and pipes across the county which includes a programme focused specifically on reducing the risk of roads flooding.

– We cleansed 59,100 roadside gullies between April and September 2015 to prevent blockages which could raise the risk of flooding. We have a target to clean more than 100,000 by next April.  

– Surrey’s firefighters are equipped with boats, 4x4s and specialist equipment while local charity Surrey Search and Rescue has agreed to provide even more equipment and skills.

Individual schools make their own decisions to open or close and all closures are confirmed on the county council’s website.

Local district or borough councils may distribute sandbags or provide information about sandbag providers in your area:

Elmbridge | Epsom and Ewell | Guildford | Mole Valley | Reigate and Banstead | Runnymede | Spelthorne | Surrey Heath | Tandridge | Waverley |Woking

Motorists can find local travel updates on the @SurreyTravel Twitter feed and the latest weather forecasts are posted on the Met Office website

More information about preparing for flooding can be found on the county council’s website.


*Surrey County Council managed the ‘repair and renew grant’ scheme for all boroughs and districts in the county apart from Woking, which ran its own. A total of 668 flood-hit properties were awarded grants across the 10 boroughs and districts handled by the county council.

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