Flooding happens when water gathers in areas where it wouldn’t normally be expected, such as on roads, in gardens or in buildings. It is often the result of very heavy or long periods of rainfall, but other factors such as blockages to pipes and ditches can also contribute flooding.
Flooding can often happen without warning and can cause damage to our homes and businesses and cause disruption to travel.
Who is best placed to help with flooding problems depends on where the flooding is coming from. We understand that identifying the source of flooding and therefore who to contact for assistance and advice is not always easy.
These pages are here to provide you with as much information as possible about flood risk in Southend; they will help you identify different types of flooding, their causes, the organisations responsible for managing them, and who can help you.
Use the links on this page to learn more about the main risks of flooding that you could experience in the Southend City, how you can prepare for and reduce your risk of flooding, how to keep yourself safe in the event of a flood and how to report a flood incident using the report a flood online form.
In a flooding emergency if you or someone else is in danger, dial 999 immediately.