As a homeowner, you are the first line of defence against flooding and it is your responsibility to safeguard and insure your property.
In extreme flooding situations we will support properties in imminent danger of being flooded with the provision of sandbags or make them available for collection at our Elm Road Depot:
(this may not be possible due to the level of demand placed on available resources.)
Elm Road Depot
Broadmeadow Industrial Estate,
For enquiries phone 01389 737542
You can also find sandbags at most DIY retailers and in the Fire Brigade’s Community Resilience Flood Defence Store off Castlegreen Street in Dumbarton.
Bin bags filled with soil are an alternative option. These can be used to create a dam in front of doorways and, when put in a toilet bowl, can prevent sewage entering your home.
The Scottish Flood Forum offers practical advice and support to property owners affected by or are at risk from flooding, and can be contacted on:
The subsidy scheme is available to anyone, residents or business, where property is at risk from flooding.
Flood boards, made of plastic or metal, can be installed across a doorway or window before a flood arrives. The boards usually slide into a frame that has been pre-attached to the door or window frame to provide a watertight seal from flood waters.
A plastic cover clips to frames fitted around airbricks on exterior walls, preventing water entry via this route.
This is a more advanced system of flood protection, which totally encloses the bottom 600-900mm (2 - 3 feet) of a property in water-resistant sheeting, sometimes to foundation level. A more expensive solution, this may be useful for detached properties that are flooded regularly for sustained periods.