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Alongside Lancashire County Council we regularly check gullies to prevent the build up of materials which may block the drainage systems and cause a flood.
However, during heavy rainfall materials can be carried into the drains causing them to become blocked very quickly. Also, low lying areas surrounded by fields may suffer from 'run off' from those adjacent fields or nearby rivers. When fields become flooded or a river overflows, these effect lead to localised flooding event when drains are in perfect working order.
United Utilities on 08456 020406.
Lancashire County Council on 0845 053 00 11.
Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and Floodline 0845 988 1188.
You will probably need a drainage contractor to deal with any blockage.
If you are unsure if any blockage is in the public or private sewers, the Water Company should be able to determine this, however, once on site they may recharge you for the cost of any work on private sewers. (Generally speaking, you are responsible for the pipework from the boundary of your property to the house itself).
Responsibility of riparian owners. You are a riparian owner if your property, or land is on, or very near, a watercourse.
Riparian owners have a duty to keep the watercourse clear of any obstruction to flow and we can serve legal notices on riparian owners to deal with obstructions.
The council does not hold a stock of sandbags. We encourage residents or landlords to make their own arrangements with local building suppliers if they feel that sandbags would be of use.
Householders and residents who know that their homes are at a higher risk of flooding, due to it being historically subject to flooding or they live in close proximity to a watercourse, are asked to consider putting their own simple plans in place so that everyone in the household knows what to do if the area begins to flood.
The Environment Agency has lots of advice available either online on their floods pages. Leaflets which contain tips can also be obtained at libraries and other council buildings cross the county. Individuals may also wish to visit the local builders' merchant to see what is available to assist in home flood defences.
We are currently working with the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Lancashire County Council to identify locations in Preston that are at most risk and we aim to do everything reasonably practicable to reduce those risks.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.