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Flooding - Christchurch Borough Council

Flood protection information for residents in Christchurch Borough Council area.


The Council currently has a supply of products called Floodsax which are lightweight and easy to store and are a useful standby as a method of protection.

When needed they can be soaked in water so that they expand and are then used to prevent flooding. Floodsax can be purchased at cost price from the Civic Offices in Bridge Street and Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre.


If the council receives a request for emergency assistance we aim to deliver filled sandbags, free of charge, to residents who need them to protect their property. Residents will be encouraged to collect sandbags themselves, especially during more severe weather events when the council's resources become stretched.

We will prioritise requests for assistance.

The service is not a statutory function of the council and will be provided within the limitations of available resources. There may be occasions when there will be no emergency sandbag delivery service.

The service is free of charge and does not extend to clearing up after flooding and recovering sandbags after the event. For advice on clearing up sandbags see Environment Agency - What to do with sandbags after a flood (opens in a new window)

Please see the  Christchurch sandbag provision leaflet (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)  for more information.

Flooding advice

If you own a property in an area susceptible to flooding, you should consider making advance preparations in the form of a Home Flood Plan. Details can be found on the Environment Agency website (opens in a new window)

Flooding incidents from highways, ordinary watercourses (non-main river) or from ground water are the responsibility of Dorset Highways at Dorset County Council, as the Lead Local Flood Authority

Flooding contacts

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