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Control measure

Remove blockages

Control measure knowledge

Removing blockages in drainage systems and water ways is not the responsibility of the fire and rescue service. Where it is safe to do so, removing objects that are preventing water from draining away may prevent or reduce damage caused by flooding and may be considered where appropriate.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have policies to support the sharing of information during a flood between responsible agencies to identify and remove blockages as part of a multi-agency plan

  • Identify and prioritise risks in their area that may be at risk from flooding

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider removing blockages from drains and water channels to allow drainage in consultation with responsible agencies