Flooding can occur anywhere, even if you live inland or away from watercourses, because the drainage system - whether open watercourses or pipes - can be overwhelmed by the amount of water it is expected to carry. In addition, when the ground is saturated even small extra amounts of rainfall will have difficulty draining away from gardens and enclosed spaces.
We recognise that the impact of flooding on the community can be significant. Hampshire County Council works closely with the district and borough councils and the Environment Agency.
It is important to remember that it is the responsibility of property owners to take appropriate action to protect their property from flooding. Information on preparing for a flood as well as on sandbags and flood prevention products will help residents to protect their homes from flooding. We also provide dos and don'ts during a flood and tips on things to do after you have had flooding.
Flood warning within the UK are given in a 3 stage approach, depending on the severity or likelihood of flooding occurring, for more information on flood alerts and warnings please visit the Environment Agency website
Severe flooding. Danger to life.
Flooding is expected. Immediate action required
Flooding is possible. Be prepared.