Flooding & Community Resilience

October 8th, 2020


Community resilience


Parish and town councils can play an important role in alleviating the impact of an emergency.

Various measures can be considered to support communities. These include:

  • Developing a community emergency plan
  • Acquiring a resilience store
  • Participating in the Environment Agency’s flood warden scheme
  • Participating in Nottinghamshire County Council’s flood signage scheme.

Please note these measures are voluntary and are not designed to replace any assistance provided by the emergency services or other organisations.

Although parish / town councils are responsible for the implementation of these schemes, support will be available from Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Environment Agency.

For more information, please contact the Rushcliffe Customer Service Centre and request to speak with Rushcliffe Borough Council’s emergency planning officer.

Further advice on flooding, including a list of frequently asked questions, is available on our flooding advice pages.


Grants for Communities

A grant scheme has been set up by Rushcliffe Borough Council to provide funding towards community flood resilience stores. This is a one off pot of money Rushcliffe received for flooding expenditure 2013 -2014, and has chosen to reinvest into flood risk communities to increase flood resilience.

The scheme is open to all Parish/ Town Councils and West Bridgford Local Area Forum interested in setting up a flood resilience store within their community and is not for flood alleviation works. The grant must be used for equipment to benefit the whole flood affected community and not for equipment fixed/attached to individual properties.

Priority will be given to those communities that have previously experienced river or surface water flooding. The total funding will be allocated based on risk and grants are available up to a maximum of £1050 (subject to available funds).

You must demonstrate that the grant will assist the community be more flood resilient and assist vulnerable members of the community in times of flood and that the stores will be sustainable.

The grant could be used for purchasing or part payment of for example

  • A resilience store
  • Supply of sandbags or sandbag alternatives
  • Hi vis jackets / torches
  • Other community flood resilient equipment.

Guidance on setting up a flood resilience store can be found on the Community resilience page

Submitting an application

If you would like to apply for the scheme. Please complete the Flood resilience store grant scheme application form 2020 (CSV – 56KB).

Completed forms can be emailed to: Kemery@rushcliffe.gov.uk

Alternatively, they can be posted to:

Emergency Planning (flood resilience store)
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Rushcliffe Arena
Rugby Road
West Bridgford

Further information

If you have any queries about the application process or would like the form in a different format (a paper-copy or other format), please contact the Rushcliffe Customer Service Centre.



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