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Newham is at risk of flooding from tidal and river sources, and from flooding due to rainfall.

Road closed sign in front of flooded street

Flood risk and warnings

Flood risk from rivers

You can check the risk of flooding from local rivers on the Environment Agency’s live map:

Flood warnings

The Environment Agency issues flood warnings and advice for the public on how to deal with flooding.
The Met Office issues severe weather warnings, which include warnings for heavy rain.

Protecting your property from floods

If a flood alert or warning is issued for your area, you can take a number of precautions to protect your home or business and to minimise the damage.


  • use silicone sealant on doors and windows - smear a layer around the frame, then shut and lock them
  • turn off gas, electricity and water at the mains
  • unplug all electrical items and store them upstairs, or if you do not have an upstairs then place them high up on shelves or cupboards
  • put the plugs in your sinks and then weigh them down so they cannot move, to stop the drains backing up
  • move as much furniture as you can upstairs or raise them up on bricks or blocks
  • move furniture away from walls - this helps when drying your property later
    roll up carpets and rugs and put them upstairs
  • remove curtains or hang them up over the rail so they are kept above flood water
  • remove internal doors and store them upstairs or leave them open
    put any sentimental or irreplaceable items upstairs or on high shelves or cupboards
  • keep important personal documents, including your home insurance documents, in a sealed bag, and in a location safe from floodwater.


  • cover doors, windows and airbricks with plywood, sandbags or metal sheeting 
  • move dustbins, garden chemicals, gas cylinders, or anything else not fixed down, to a safer location
  • move your car, motorbike, or any other vehicle to higher ground to avoid risk of damage
  • weigh down manhole covers outside your home to prevent them floating away and leaving a hazardous hole.
The Environment Agency has advice on making a flood plan and preparing your property for flooding.

What help does the council give when there is a flood?

If you are evacuated from your home and you have no alternative arrangements, we may provide emergency rest centres in our community centres or other buildings with large halls, for a short period of time.
If you wish to protect your home with sandbags, you can phone the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for advice.

Risk of flooding from rainfall

Flooding from heavy rainfall does not happen a lot in Newham. But some areas are at a higher risk because of their geography and drainage.
As a lead local flood authority, we manage the risk of flooding from rain water and ground water in the borough.
We can’t tell you exactly where and when flooding will happen. We can only give you a general idea of the areas at high risk, so that you can be more prepared.
For information on how flood risk affects planning and development, refer to Local Plan policies and the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (update 2017)

How we understand and manage flood risk

Our Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (PDF) is an important tool to help understand and manage flood risk within the borough.

As a lead local flood authority (LLFA) our remit includes flood risk from surface water runoff, groundwater and small rivers, streams and ditches (ordinary watercourses). This document is our response to the challenge of managing flooding from these sources in the borough. 

Flood Risk and Development in Newham

Newham Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), as Statutory Consultee to Newham Planning Authority, review all major development applications to ensure that proposals address requirements of safety, resilience and contribute to reducing  local flood risk. 

In support of the above please see below:

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