Rain and flooding
For information about:
- council services
- public transport affected by flooding
Visit the public alerts page.
Flooding from roads and public drains
We are responsible for flooding from roads and public drains.
Flooding from sewers and burst water mains
Please report flooding from sewers/burst water mains to your water company.
Flooding from a river
Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Sandbags and flooding
We maintain a stock of:
- filled sandbags on pallets
- reserve sandbags
- coarse sand
There are likely to be many requests for sandbags in cases of heavy rainfall and flood.
We have limited resources and we will prioritise our response:
- Protecting people (for example, residential homes for older people)
- Protecting houses
- Protecting commercial premises
- Maintaining road and transport links
If we are able to help we will arrange for delivery of sandbags, free of charge.
You cannot collect sandbags
Depending on the situation staff delivering sandbags may be able to help put them out.
If there is high demand they will have to leave them with you.
Sandbags: how to use them to prepare for a flood [external link].
If we are not able to help at first, we will keep your details.
If things change we will bring sandbags to you.
You can also make your own sandbags by buying sandbags and sand at builders merchants.
You can also use pillowcases or refuse sacks filled with garden soil.
Ways to keep flood water out of your property [external link].
After the flooding, we will not collect sandbags.
You can keep them, filled or unfilled, for use in future emergencies.
Where possible we will work with other agencies such as the Environment Agency to maintain flood defences.
The Environment Agency provides information about the rivers in Darlington and their current flood status.
The Government flood map [external link] has up to date information.
Enter the postcode area that interests you.
Flood risk and future development
Risk of flooding must be taken into account when planning a new development.
More information about blocked drains and sewers.