Flooding advice

Flooding can occur anywhere and its impact can be significant. Drainage systems can become overwhelmed by the amount of water. In addition if the ground is already saturated it is more difficult for water to drain away. It is the responsibility of property owners to protect their property from flooding.

There are three types of flood warning:

  • severe flood warning
  • flood warning
  • flood alert

For more information about this, and to see if a flood warning is in place, please go to the Environment Agency's website.

Environment Agency - flood warnings summary

Current water levels in Bracknell Forest

Use the links below to check current water levels:

Flooding health advice

Public Health England provides important information about risks to health caused by flooding. 

National Flood Forum

The National Flood Forum supports and represents communities and individuals who may be affected by flooding.


The council has a supply of sandbags that are used to protect key properties and support emergency services. There is no on-demand sandbag service for the general public. Our priorities for the use of sandbags include:

  • preventing loss of life or serious injury
  • maintaining access for the emergency services
  • protecting property occupied by a vulnerable resident such as a housebound, frail or disabled person unable to assist themselves
  • protecting vital facilities and assets within the community

You can buy sandbags from building suppliers or merchants. Sandbags are often regarded as a seasonal item and they may not be easily available throughout the year.

Alternative modern products, which offer protection from flooding, are also available to buy online. Some reputable builders merchants and suppliers or home improvement stores also stock them.


To minimise the risk of flooding due to blockages, we advise owners and landlords to check and maintain the condition of all outside gullies, drains and manholes on their property regularly.

We also strongly advise private homeowners and landlords to be prepared to protect their property against flooding.

Guides for homeowners and businesses are available on the Know your flood risk website.

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