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Providing Sandbags

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In July 2017 CCBC’s Cabinet approved the new sandbag policy which provides guidance and information to Officers, Members and the general public for the delivery of sandbags during extreme weather events.

Sandbags, at best, only have a 40% chance of successfully keeping water out of a property. With this in mind, homeowners and businesses are encouraged to implement their own flood resilient measures by purchasing specifically designed flood protection products.

The Council will make reasonable efforts to assist residents at imminent risk of flooding but this is subject to resources available at the time of an event. No guarantee can be offered to residents that we can assist with all flood incidents.

Conwy County Borough Council will:

  • Place sandbags to divert the flow of flood water originating from Council-owned or Council-maintained areas such as highway gullies, culverts, ditches and ordinary watercourses (rivers or streams not maintained by Natural Resources Wales)
  • Subject to availability, and at the responding officers discretion, place sandbags at locations where flooding in an imminent risk to life or property
  • Give priority to elderly and vulnerable residents
  • Collect sandbags from authority owned land and public open spaces and dispose of them in an appropriate manner

Conwy County Borough Council will not:

  • Deploy sandbags to private properties in advance of a flood event
  • Deploy sandbags to commercial properties at any time before, during or after a flood unless deemed necessary to protect adjacent residential and/or essential infrastructure from flood damage
  • Allow residents to collect sandbags from Council depots. Residents wanting sandbags should arrange to get their own from a local builder’s merchant or similar company in advance of any severe weather
  • Collect sandbags from any property which have not been deployed by CCBC

If residents are concerned that they may be at risk of flooding, it is strongly recommended that they consider implementing their own flood resilience measures in advance of a flood event. Advice can be sought by contacting the not-for-profit charity The National Flood Forum.

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