The Environment Agency monitor rainfall, river levels and sea conditions to forecast the possibility of flooding. If flooding is forecast, warnings are issued using a set of four easily recognisable codes, these are;
- Flood Alert - Flooding is possible. Be prepared.
- Flood Warning - Flooding expected affecting homes, businesses and main roads. Act now!
- Severe Flood Warning - Severe flooding expected. There is extreme danger to life and property.
- All Clear - Indicates receding floodwaters and a settled outlook.
An interactive map of all flood alerts and warnings in force in the UK is available at the Environment Agency Flood Alert website.
Sign up to receive flood warnings
Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service which sends you a direct message when flooding is expected and may affect your property. Flood warnings will give you time to prepare for flooding which could save you time, money and heartache. You can receive warnings by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message or fax, whichever you prefer.
You can sign up for Floodline Warnings Direct by visiting the Environment Agency website, calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188, 0845 988 1188 or Typetalk 0845 602 6340.
Please check with your telecommunications provider which number is cheapest for you to ring. The 0345 number is likely to be cheaper for mobile phones, and from some landlines, ringing the 0845 number may be cheaper. Please see www.gov.uk/call-charges for more information.