The responsibility for protection of private property during a flood lies with owners and not the council or any other agency.
The following measures are recommended to protect your property from flooding. You can also get advice on how to protect your property on the Floodline website.
Flood protection products
It is recommended that purpose made flood protection products are used to protect property, such as flood guards, non-return valves for plumbing and air brick covers.
Alternative products, such as barriers, often provide more effective long term protection, are more easily deployed and have greater reliability when fitted correctly. You can find information 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 which gives people living in flood-risk areas access to affordable home insurance. To find out more visit the Flood Re website.
Advice on how to use sandbags properly can be found at the gov.uk website.
Sandbags are available from most builders supply merchants or DIY centres.
Depending on resources available and the scale of the flood risk, the council will seek to provide sandbags to property owners, and deploy sandbags to redirect flows and protect properties at risk.
As sandbags are often needed very quickly and demand can exceed availability, the council prioritises their distribution.
To request a sandbag call ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.
If forecasts predict very heavy rain with ground saturation, and we expect a high demand for sandbags, anyone whose properties are at risk will be able to collect sandbags from Tayside Contracts depots:
Out of hours, a stock of sandbags will be available from outside the depots.
The community storage facility at Edzell will also be stocked with 100 sandbags if flooding is predicted – this will be replenished by the council depending on the resources available.
These self help stores are for emergency use only and should not be relied upon routinely as flood protection.
For more 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, view our Property Level Protection Policy.
Weather and travel information
Weather and travel information and advice can be found at:
Advice for driving in wet weather can be found at Police Scotland's winter road safety page.