Working together for a resilient Birmingham.


What to do in a reservoir emergency

It’s important that you are aware of what to do in an emergency to keep you and your family safe.

Although the likelihood of reservoir failure is very low, reservoir failure could lead to the sudden release of deep, fast-moving water. It could be very different from most other forms of flooding and there could be little warning of reservoir failure.

While trained officials work hard to prepare for emergencies, it is important that you are prepared too.

In some cases seeking refuge from floodwaters upstairs would be unsafe and evacuation may be necessary.


If you need to evacuate the area you may be informed in one of the following ways:

What to do in an emergency


Avoid walking or driving through flood water. 6 inches (15 centimetres) of moving water can knock you off your feet or disable a car;

Evacuation centres

The emergency services may tell you to go to a designated evacuation centre. People running evacuation centres are trained to give you support and advice. They will help you through the stress of an emergency and prepare you for what to do afterwards.

Road closures

In the event of a dam emergency it is likely that a number of roads may need to be closed.