After a flood
Advice and support for after flooding.
Below are links to further information and advice for after a flood.
Disposal of sandbags
Sand bags tend to retain contaminants such as sewage and oils when they come into contact with floodwater. Ensure you wear gloves and wash hands thoroughly when handling. There are a number of ways you can dispose of used sandbags:
- At your local reuse and recycling site
- Empty the sand from the bag and keep the sand (for garden or other uses) and place the bags in your normal waste bin
- Empty the sand from the bag, take the sand to your local reuse and recycling centre and place the bags in your normal waste
If sand bags did come into contact with flood water you should inform the staff of this when you take them to your local reuse and recycling centre.
Unused sand bags can be kept in a dry shady place so they can be used again if needed in the future. Sacking material is normally biodegradable and will perish if left in place for a long time. It is therefore advisable to empty sacks and keep them dry for re-use. Store the sand in your garden, or yard for future use.
- Dump rubbish into ditches as this may end up blocking trash screens
- Sweep rubbish and leaves into gullies/drains and this blocks them
Croydon Council highways
Phone number: 020 8726 6000
Environment Agency Floodline - 0345 988 1188
Sign up to the free groundwater Flood Alert/Warning registering online
Twitter - @EnvAgency
Facebook - www.facebook.com/environmentagency
Twitter - @metoffice
Facebook - https://en-gb.facebook.com/metoffice
Transport for London - twitter @TfLOfficial
National Rail - twitter @nationalrailenq
Highways Agency - twitter @highwaysagency
NHS ‘111’ for non-urgent health concerns
Tandridge District Council - twitter @TandridgeDC
Surrey County Council - twitter @surreyCountyCouncil
Sutton & East Surrey Water 24hr Emergency Line - 01737 772000 twitter @SESWater
Thames Water Sewer Flooding 0845 9200 800 twitter @thameswater
UK Power Networks (emergencies and power cuts) - 0800 783 8866 or 0124 350 8866 twitter @UKPowerNetworks
National Grid (Gas emergency) - 0800 111 999 twitter @nationalgriduk
Food Standards Agency 020 7276 8829 for food safety