Flooding advice and prevention

Flooding can happen at any time of year so it's important that you're always prepared.

Flood warnings and keeping up to date with the latest information

You can see flood warnings for Barnsley on the Environment Agency website, and stay up to date with our latest information on FacebookTwitter and our website.

For South Yorkshire travel information you can contact South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive on their websiteTwitter, or by calling the Traveline team on (01709) 515151.

Looking after yourself

If you've been affected by flooding, after you’ve dealt with practical issues and are getting back on your feet it's only natural to experience strong thoughts and feelings. Major events such as flooding can affect us emotionally and psychologically.

If you’re finding it difficult to cope, or you’re feeling more low or anxious than you might expect, help is available for you, your family and your loved ones.

Contact your doctor, NHS 111, or an organisation like Samaritans Barnsley (call 116 123, free from any phone) or Red Cross (call 0344 871 11 11).

Also, take a look at the Public Health England guide to mental wellbeing after a flood.

Flood prevention for developers

Developers should consider the flood risk implication of any new development before submitting a planning application for a new site.

You should consult the Local Plan to identify suitable areas for new developments and consider the use of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to manage surface water run-off from new development sites.

Areas at risk of flooding 

You can check which areas have been flooded before and those at risk of flooding in the future in the following preliminary flood risk assessments (PFRAs):

You can also check the government's floods destroy campaign website for more information.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

As the lead local flood authority for the borough we have a duty, under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010), to produce a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy to reduce flood risk from surface water, ordinary watercourses, groundwater and small reservoirs.

The strategy and appendices are included below.