After a flood

Clean up

If your home or property has been flooded it could be contaminated by oil, silt and sewage. This will need to be carefully and completely cleaned up to remove any health risk.

Contact your GP immediately if you think your health has been affected.

If you are concerned about contaminated water or sewage in floodwater, call our environmental health team on 01432 261761.

If you think an elderly relative or neighbour has been affected by flooding get in touch with our adult social care team.

If a road has been affected, you can report potholes and damaged roads after flooding.

The Environment Agency has information about cleaning your house as well as details of organisations that can help you do this. National Health England also has a useful leaflet on how to clean up after a flood (PDF). Unless they are contaminated, you can dispose of most water-damaged items at one of our household recycling centres. Ask the staff there if you need any help.

If you are worried about the security of your property call West Mercia Police.

Reusing and disposing of sandbags

Dry out sandbags and store them in a shed, garage or under cover so you can use them again. If you cannot store them, open them up and spread the sand on your garden if you have one. You can then treat the sacks as normal waste. If the sacks are contaminated, call us on 01432 261800 and we will tell you what to do.

Tell us about a flooding incident

If you have suffered from flooding, let us know where and what happened as this may help us to minimise flooding problems there in future. You don’t need to leave your name.

Record a flooding incident