There is no statutory requirement for the local authority to provide sandbags. Residents or business owners are responsible for protecting their own property from floodwater and it is highly recommended that they have plans in place to do so. Therefore we encourage residents to visit their local builder’s merchant to purchase and store sandbags or equivalent products in advance of a flood event.
We encourage residents to make plans to protect their property in advance of flooding such as buying and storing sandbags or equivalent products, particularly if their property is in a susceptible area.
We advise anyone who feels they are at risk of flooding to invest in some form of flood protection. You can find information on what products are available on the National Flood Forum website.
We will endeavour to help residents in emergency flooding situations, such as if a residential property is at imminent risk of internal flooding. This will be via sandbag collection from a community store. However, it is the property owner's responsibility to protect themselves in the first instance.
Dorset Council will not recover and dispose of sandbags after an incident.
In times of non-severe weather, we will be pleased to consider requests from communities who wish to establish a community sandbag store.
Find your nearest community sandbag store in the Dorset Council area
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To enquire about your local community store, please get in touch.