The council’s sandbag policy aims to establish priorities for issuing sandbags in the event of a flooding incident.
The council does not have a legal duty to issue sandbags. It does, however, have a duty of care to some groups of people. For example, vulnerable people living in a council care home. Use of sandbags at the care home as a preventative measure could help the council meet its duty of care.
The council will keep 1,000 empty sandbags in stock. It will also ensure access to an adequate supply of suitable sand at short notice.
Subject to available resources, the council will respond according to the following priorities:
- Protection of members of society at risk of injury or loss of life.
- Protection of council property.
- Protection of private property.
Note: Sandbags will only be supplied when the threat of a flood exists. They are not provided for future protection of vulnerable properties.
Sandbags are available from builder's merchants. If you are aware that your home is at a high risk of flooding, you may want to buy sandbags in advance.