Requests for sandbags should be made by calling Actionline via the main switchboard on 023 8083 3000, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm. For emergencies outside these hours, please contact the out of hours team on 023 8023 3344.

Please be aware that the council holds a limited supply of sandbags which are usually used to support the emergency services. Requests for sandbags will therefore be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Sandbags are readily available to purchase from local builders merchants and DIY stores across the city, however it is advised that you call the store to check stock levels before travelling. Telephone numbers can be found in the Yellow Pages, or via an internet search.

How to use sandbags

If you do intend to use sandbags to help prevent your property from flooding, it is important that you stack them correctly in order for them to work. Please see the Environment Agency quick read guide 'Sandbags: how to use them properly for flood protection' for further information and advice.

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