Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, the Council is designated as a lead local flood authority.

As such, the Council has a duty to investigate flooding incidents within its area that are considered "necessary and appropriate" to investigate, and determine which agencies or individuals have responsibility for taking remedial action.

What to do in a flooding emergency

Find further information on how to prepare and what to do in an emergency.

Flood risk asset register

The Council as lead local flood authority is required, under section 21 of the Flood and Water Management Act, to maintain a register of structures and features that are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk in their area. If you require any further information or wish to view this register, please contact us by emailing 

Local flood risk management strategy

The local flood risk management strategy has been prepared as part of the Council’s role as a lead local flood authority and is consistent with the Environment Agency’s national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy.

It is a high level, statutory document which sets out the Council’s approach to reducing the impacts of local flooding across the borough.

It also promotes greater partnership working arrangements between those organisations with a responsibility for managing local flood risk, as well as providing a strategic framework within which the various ‘risk management authorities’ must work.