Flood warning codes
The Environment Agency uses codes to warn people about the risk of floods.
A Flood Alert - this will be used to warn people of the possibility of flooding and encourage them to be alert, stay vigilant and make early preparations for flooding. This will replace the previously issued Flood Watches. A Flood Alert will be issued earlier than a Flood Warning, to give people advance notice that flooding is possible.
A Flood Warning - this will be used to warn people of expected flooding and encourage them to take action to protect themselves and their property.
A Severe Flood Warning - this will be used when there is a significant risk to life or significant disruption to communities and people need to take action to protect themselves and to follow the advice of the emergency services.
To check if you are at risk from flooding or to register for the Environment Agency's free Floodline Warnings Direct service, please call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or see the . You can also request or download a personal flood plan template, find general advice and information about flooding.
Last reviewed: 07 - 01 - 2016