Flood wardens

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Flood wardens are volunteers from local communities. They are a valuable resource to the council and local communities in the fight against flooding.

During severe storm events, flooding can occur at numerous locations simultaneously and monitoring every potential flood risk area is extremely difficult. This is why the wardens are so essential to us, because they can contact us with the most up to date information which would otherwise go unrecorded.

Even if it's just a phone call to us to say that a river level has got higher, we can use that information to see what areas are under threat and take the necessary action.

What wardens do

Flood wardens:

  • keep an eye on watercourses
  • use their own local knowledge to recognise and report flood risks
  • relay messages about potential flooding to others in the area they cover
  • provide emergency services with important information in the event of a flood

The role of a flood warden is primarily to observe and report, they should not:

  • place themselves in any danger
  • take responsibility for moving or protecting anyone's property
  • clear ditches or culverts

Flood warden area

Flood wardens will only be allocated an area that can be managed effectively. It could be just the street they live in, or could also include a few streets which connect to it.


Training is provided by the Kent Resilience Forum (a partnership between Kent County Council, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and Kent Police).

Flood warden training includes:

  • the work of the Environment Agency
  • how the flood warning service works
  • local flood risk in their community
  • safety
  • warning and informing arrangements
  • emergency planning structures
  • response arrangements

Sign up to be a flood warden

To express an interest in becoming a flood warden please contact us.

We are particularly interested in more volunteers from Tonbridge, but if you live in other areas please contact us as well.