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How can I prevent flooding happening again?

Use the information and links here to help you take action to prevent flooding in the future, including how to get sands bags to protect your property.

What can you do to protect yourself and your property from flooding?

Practical flood advice is available on the Environment Agency website.

How can I prevent flooding happening again?

If you have suffered a flood you will know how devastating and distressing it is. You can download a Guide to Resistant and Resilient Repair After a Flood, from this page. Guidance includes:

  • How you can prevent flooding from happening again by fitting flood resistant measures like flood guards at your property.
  • The steps you can take to minimise the damage if it does happen again by using flood resilient materials such as water resistant plaster.

Flood Investigations & Prevention of Future Floods

Following a flooding incident, where a number of properties and businesses are affected, the Council will work with the Environment Agency and Devon County Council to investigate the causes of the flooding.

This information will then be used by Devon County Council's Flood Risk Management Team to produce a flood incident report. Further information about the work of the Devon County Council team can be found on their website along with some of the most recently produced flood reports.

Sand bags can help to prevent flooding

The Council holds a small supply of empty sandbag and are limited to 10 bags per household. These can be collected free of charge from the Tavistock Offices or Okehampton Customer Services Centre.  We do not supply sandbags to businesses.

Please visit the how to find our offices page for detailed information on how to find our offices in Tavistock and Okehampton.

Sand and sandbags can also be obtained from some Parish and Town Councils or purchased from your local Builders' Merchant, DIY store or Garden Centre.

A list of Town and Parish Councils that hold supplies of sand and/or sandbags can be found below

Town and Parish CouncilSupplies 
Belstone Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Bere Ferrers Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Bridestowe Parish Council  Sand and sandbags
Burrator Grouped Parish Council    Sand and sandbags
Chagford Parish Council             Sand and sandbags
Dartmoor Forest Parish CouncilSandbags only
Drewsteignton Parish CouncilSandbags only
Germansweek Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Gidleigh Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Gulworthy Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Hatherleigh Town CouncilSandbags only
Highampton Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Horrabridge Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Iddesleigh Parish Council  Sandbags only
Kelly Parish Parish Council    Sandbags only
Lamerton Parish CouncilSandbags only
Mary Tavy Parish CouncilSandbags only
North Tawton Town CouncilSand and sandbags
Okehampton HamletsSand and sandbags
Okehampton Customer ServicesSandbags only
Peter Tavy Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Sampford Courtenay Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
South Tawton Parish CouncilSand and sandbags
Sticklepath Parish CouncilSandbags only
Sydenham Damerel Parish CouncilSandbags only
Walkhampton Parish CouncilSand and sandbags

Click on this link for the Town & Parish Clerks contact details.

Follow the links and downloads on the right of this page for further information.