A multi-agency team responds to flooding within Cheshire East. This includes teams from Cheshire East Council, the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the Emergency Services.

Have you checked the flood risk to your home or business? Visit the FloodHub for more information.

If you live in an area identified at risk of surface water or river flooding you are at risk of flooding, regardless of whether you have never flooded before or have flooded recently.

Government advice is for all property owners in flood risk areas to install flood resilience products in advance of flooding, create a flood plan and sign up to Environment Agency flood warnings.

Intense extreme rainfall events are becoming more frequent across Cheshire East and flooding is occurring to properties and business located within areas of surface water and fluvial flood risk.

YearDate(s) Rainfall in mm (Duration)Indication of Rainfall Intensity(based on long term recorded monthly rainfall totals)Main areas of reported property flooding experienced in;
2023 18 - 21 October (Storm Babet) 150 - 200 (3x days) More than twice the October whole month average rainfall in the first three weeks of the month Borough wide
2022 20 - 21 February (Storm Franklin) 50mm (30hrs) A months’ worth of rain in 30hrs North of the borough
2021 18 – 20 January (Storm Christoph) 70mm (48hrs) Over a months' rain in 48hrs Borough wide
2019 25-26 October 68mm (28hrs) 3 weeks of rain in 28hrs South of the borough
2019 27 - 31 July 150mm (5 days) Over 2 months of rain in 5 days North of the borough
2016 13 September 30mm (2hrs) Nearly half a months’ rain in 2 hrs North of the borough
2016 11 June 45mm (6hrs) 2/3rds of a months’ rain in 6 hrs North of the borough

Flooding advice

The gov.uk website and flood hub provide guidance on how to prepare for flooding, along with how to get help during and after the flood event.

If there is a risk to life and you require evacuation please dial 999.

You should call us on 0300 123 5020 during working hours or out of working hours on 0300 123 5025 to report any issues that present an immediate danger or could impact on a residential property or business.

Flooding: key tasks

  • Do not walk or drive through floodwater.  Stay safe and dial 999 if you need emergency assistance.
  • Flood water is often contaminated so discard or wash and disinfect anything that comes in contact with flood water
  • Do not lift manholes or attempt to access drainage systems unless authorised to do so. You could be putting yourself or others in danger and diverting floodwater.

Flood Risk

If you live in a flood risk area, you need to understand that risk and plan for flooding. Have an action plan ready in the event of flooding and ensure that your property has the correct insurance, flood resilience and resistance measures in place.

Page last reviewed: 07 November 2023