Preparing for flooding

Winchester City Council is preparing in case of flooding this winter and is encouraging others to do the same.

Recent wet weather has reminded people of the damage and disruption suffered in the District as a result of flooding earlier in the recent past. 

The City Council works closely with the Environment Agency, Hampshire County Council and local communities.

Following the severe floods in 2013/14, a number of engineering projects have been designed, approved and some already carried out to improve flood resilience in the District, though only some of the threat from flooding can be resolved by these sorts of works.

However, it is also important that property-owners and businesses take action if you live in places that are at risk of flooding.

The Council advises people to:

  • Check gullies, drains, ditches and water-courses that might cause you a problem
  • If there is something that may cause a problem, take action to fix it, or notify the owner that they need to do so
  • Make preparations to defend your property
  • Buy your own sand and bags, pumps or arrange the installation of other measures such as flood-boards
  • Make sure that you have insurance details and other essential paperwork up-to-date and stored safely
  • Sign up to the notification services offered by the Environment Agency for people in risk areas
  • Talk to neighbours about measures you might take together if there is a problem, and how you might help each other out
  • Make contact with the Flood Action Group where you live if there is one. Find out what their plans are and how you can help.


It is the responsibility of every householder or business to protect their property if they believe that flooding may occur. The City Council does not distribute sandbags to individual properties as a precautionary measure, but sandbags can easily be obtained from builders merchants or online for you to keep ready. Should you be affected by an unexpected emergency flooding situation caused by bad weather, you can contact the City Council for advice on where and how to obtain assistance. If there is extensive flooding affecting any part of the district, Winchester City Council will set up its Emergency Control Centre to coordinate the response.

You can find practical information to help you prepare for and cope with flooding by visiting our Useful Flooding Links page