Flooding and sandbag advice

Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

Heavy rains have been a feature of this summer and demand for sandbags has been high.

Since 10 August this year, almost one thousand sandbags have been used by Angus Council and our staff has been working hard to assist the community within and outwith normal working hours and at weekends.

There’s lots of information about flooding and sandbags for residents and businesses on our website and householders are reminded that responsibility for protection of private property during a flood lies with owners and not the council or any other agency.

Sandbags are available from most builders supply merchants or DIY centres. Advice on how to use sandbags properly can be found at the gov.uk website.

Depending on available resources and the scale of the flood risk, the council will endeavour to provide sandbags to property owners, and deploy sandbags to redirect flows and protect properties at risk.

Our Property Level Protection Policy has information on how we manage the demand for sandbags, and support flood specific and general resilience efforts through community flood action groups, self-help and emergency plans/response actions.

Various measures are recommended in protecting a property from flooding. Advice is also available on the Floodline website.

Purpose-made flood protection products can be used to protect property. These include flood guards, non-return valves for plumbing and air brick covers. Other products, such as barriers, often provide more effective long term protection, are more easily deployed and have greater reliability when fitted correctly. Information is available on the Scottish Flood Forum website.

It is strongly recommended that householders and businesses take out appropriate flood insurance, particularly if they are in a flood risk area. Flood Re is a government backed flood insurance scheme that gives people living in flood-risk areas access to affordable home insurance. Find out more at the Flood Re website.

Residents should also keep a close watch for local and national news and weather updates, both through traditional media and online.

Useful website include –

Met Office weather warnings

Traffic Scotland

Transport Scotland

Ready Scotland

We will also provide updates and information on Twitter and Facebook during severe weather. Advice for driving in wet weather can be found at Police Scotland's winter road safety page.