Flood risk in the Borough of Broxbourne

Weather conditions are monitored and in the event of flood risk conditions developing, an advance warning is given to the Council and emergency services by the Environment Agency and/or the Met Office.

Large parts of the Borough are within the flood plain of the River Lee and have been identified as 'at risk' by the Environment Agency. A map is available for further information. Advance flood warnings can be viewed on the Environment Agency and Met Office websites.

When there is a risk of flooding the Environment Agency issues warnings through the media; they are broadcast on TV weather bulletins and on radio weather and travel reports.

The Environment Agency provides a Floodline on 0845 988 1188. You can listen to recorded flood warning information or speak to an operator for general information and advice 24 hours a day.

The Environment Agency's flood action campaign, 'Floods Destroy, Be Prepared', promotes the simple steps that you can take to protect your family and home from flooding, from checking your flood risk to preparing a personal flood plan and keeping an eye out for flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency.


It is the responsibility of the occupant to protect their property. Sandbags can be purchased from the majority of DIY stores and builders merchants. However, if a property is located in a medium to high risk flood zone (as per the Environment Agency’s map) and is under threat from flooding, the Council will respond and supply sandbags free of charge to the occupier.

National Flood Forum

The National Flood Forum is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding.