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Flooding Advice



Flooding can happen suddenly and with little warning. Under common law, property owners have the main responsibility for safeguarding and insuring their land or property against all hazards including flooding. This includes taking steps to reduce the risk of flooding provided these actions do not increase the risk of flooding to other properties. If you live in an area prone to flooding, there are preventative actions to help protect your property, belongings and your family. One of the most important things you should do is to prepare a flood emergency pack. Information on what should be included can be found within the Flooding advice leaflet as well as information about prevention and advice.

Practical advice for tenants and homeowners

If water is coming into your property... use a bucket to collect the water and contain it as much as possible with towels.

If you need sandbags... and are at immediate risk of flooding (ie water crossing the threshold) contact us on 03451 55 00 11, option 4 (transportation) and we’ll deliver them to you resources allowing (this is dependant on sandbags and drivers being available). Limited supplies mean we can’t guarantee to respond to all requests.

Residents are expected to undertake reasonable measures to protect their properties. You can buy (empty) sandbags at most DIY stores or there is information on flood protection products such as flood barriers and airbrick covers at the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency’s (SEPA) website:

If drains are overflowing in your street… call Fife Council on 03451 550099 (This number is only available out of hours). If it’s an emergency, it will be attended to as soon as possible. If the water is not causing an obstruction to traffic or flooding a house or garden someone will attend to it within the next 10 working days.

If your whole street is under water and every property is affected… contact Fife Fire & Rescue Service who will attend as soon as possible.

If your ceiling is bulging with water… try piercing a small hole in the bubble to release the water until a more permanent repair can be carried out. Remember to put a bucket or basin under the hole to collect the water.

If water is coming through a light fitting... leave it alone and call an electrician to isolate the electricity to the light.

There are plenty of ways to stay informed. Find the latest advice at: ·


Phone lines to the emergency services and Fife Council will be extremely busy during a flooding emergency. Only phone them if you really need to.

  • To report a non emergency flood on the road, you can do this online at
  • Up-to-the-minute information is also available from SEPA at or via their Floodline 0345 988 1188. There’s also a new mobile website to make live flooding information more accessible to users on the go. The website is
  • Flooding can also bring health risks. For information on how to protect yourself go to

SEPA have recently promoted their public use “Report-a-Flood” website. This is primarily an information sharing and reporting tool for Scotland. It has been designed for the public to share information on where flooding occurs.

It is important to note that the information is not verified once recorded by a member of the public. While a useful tool Report a Flood is not a formal method of flood event reporting.

Flood Risk Management

SEPA is working closely with the Scottish Government, local authorities and Scottish Water to implement a new approach to manage flood risk in Scotland. It will help to target resources in areas where they can have the greatest impact. Further information on flood risk management planning and how this will be practically implemented is available on SEPA’s website.

Sustainable Drainage Systems and Flood Risk Assessment Guidance

Fife Council have produced a Guidance Document which all developers will be required to follow PRIOR to submission of a Planning Application for consideration. The relevant Appendices should be completed, signed and submitted at the time of application. These appendices will be required as part of the supporting documentation submitted as part of the Planning Application. Failure to submit will render the application incomplete and will delay the Planning process. A copy of the Guidance document can be found below.

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