Risks in Bexley

While we can’t prepare for every type of emergency there are some known risks. Ask yourself if you know what to do if they happen?  

Bexley is at risk from the following:

  • tidal flooding from the River Thames in the north of the borough
  • fluvial flooding from our other main rivers, the Cray and the Shuttle
  • surface water or pluvial flooding when the drainage systems cannot cope with the quantity of rain which can occur anywhere
  • groundwater flooding which can happen when the level of water within the rock or soil that makes up the land surface (known as the water table) rises

You can check whether your home or organisation is in a flood risk area by contacting the Environment Agency ‘Floodline’ on 0845 988 1188 or visiting GOV.UK - Find out if you're at risk of flooding.

If your property is in a flood risk area we recommend that you sign up for their free flood warning service ‘Floodline’.

If you are a resident we urge you follow our Advice for residents, and make a home emergency plan.

If you are a business or other organisation we recommend you look at the Environment Agency’s flood preparation advice (PDF, 1MB).

To find more information on flooding, what to do if you are at risk and at the time of a flood visit GOV.UK - Flooding and coastal change.

The loss of our essential services will disrupt our normal day to day activities. If prolonged, it can be dangerous to those who are vulnerable. The utilities in Bexley all provide information on what we should do when these emergencies occur:

These are common emergencies in Bexley. If you live in the borough see Advice for residents. If you run a business see Advice for businesses and other organisations.

Severe weather events are now more common and take many forms. Some give rise to other emergencies, such as rain causing flooding and high winds causing power cuts.

In Bexley we are at risk of any of the severe weather events highlighted by the Met Office, and it is the Met Office that we rely upon for our weather warnings and advice.

For more information about weather warnings visit Met Office - Weather warnings guide.

We urge all residents and businesses to prepare for severe weather by following our advice.

If you want to learn more about the wider risks facing London visit the London Risk Register.