Thousands of people in Dorset live in properties that are at risk of flooding. See flooding warnings and alerts in your area and what you can do to prepare for flooding.
Flooding information and advice
Call Floodline 0845 988 1188 to listen to recorded flood warning information for your area or speak to an operator for advice 24 hours a day.
Being prepared for flooding could save your life and your property.
You can read advice in the Before During and After Flooding Leaflet (pdf, 363kb) (opens in a new window) .
The Environment Agency provide the following services to help you prepare for flooding in Dorset:
A free Flood Warning Direct service to inform you of flood warnings by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message, fax or pager
Information on why floods happen, to help you understand them
Work to manage, respond to and mitigate flood risk to minimise the impact of floods
Find out more at the Environment Agency's flood pages (opens in a new window) online.
Real time information
Visit Travel Dorset (opens in a new window) for current information on flooding in Dorset.
Reporting flooding on Highways
If you would like to report flooding or another problem on the highway please use . If the problem is urgent and requires immediate attention please phone 01305 221020
It is the responsibility of property owners to take appropriate action to protect their property from flooding. Not all local authorities will provide you with sandbags in a flood emergency. Your local council may have some sandbags ready to deploy at times of flooding, but their priority is to protect the public at large.
Flood mitigation measures - Dorset County Council, in partnership with the Environment Agency and your local council, is looking into measures to assist householders who have had flooding to their homes.
If your property has flooded please report this by completing the flood report form (word, 127kb) (opens in a new window) . The information is shared between the Environment Agency, the Lead Local Flood Authority, local authorities, water companies, highways authorities and emergency services to assist them in the planning process and the emergency response to flooding. It may be used to plan future flood defence schemes and to inform the public about whether there is a risk of flooding in a particular area
Flooding - Christchurch Borough Council
Information on flood protection in Christchurch.
Flooding - East Dorset
Information on flood protection and land drainage in East Dorset.
Flood protection - North Dorset
Information on flood protection and land drainage in North Dorset.
Flooding and land drainage - Purbeck District Council
The District Council is a flood risk management authority and has some powers under the Land Drainage Act. Changes brought about by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 have modified the responsibilities of this council. Dorset County Council is now the lead flood risk management authority and has the main responsibility for investigating flooding.
Flooding and land drainage - West Dorset District Council
You could be affected even if your home doesn't flood. We can help you, your community or business to be better prepared.
Flooding - Weymouth and Portland
Problems or information sought on flooding or drainage problems in Weymouth and Portland.
Managing local flood risk at Dorset County Council
The council is now a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). As a LLFA we are responsible for managing flood risk from local sources such as watercourses, surface water and groundwater. We also ensure local flood incidents are investigated by the appropriate risk management authorities and regulate work on ordinary watercourses / culverts.
Driving in floods and heavy rain
Tips and advice on driving in floods and heavy rain, including useful links.