As a Lead Local Flood Authority we have a duty to investigate flood events that occur within the city boundary.
Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 states that ‘on becoming aware of a flood in its area, a Lead Local Flood Authority must, to the extent that it considers it necessary or appropriate, investigate –
- Which risk management authorities have relevant flood risk management functions, and
- Whether each of those risk management authorities has exercised, or is proposing to exercise, those functions in a response to a flood.’
Upon learning of a flood event, the Investigating Officer will follow the established Flood Investigations Protocol whereby it will be determined whether an investigation should be carried out using the Flood Investigations Guidance, taking into account the available resources and significance of the event.
It is not the responsibility of the Investigating Officer to resolve the flooding issue or provide solutions; however they will investigate the cause and notify any relevant authorities and those affected.
Should there be significant widespread flooding in the city, or where a number of indicants meet the threshold for investigation, investigations will be undertaken on a priority basis.
Private landowners also hold responsibilities in relation to land drainage, in particular to rivers, streams and other ordinary watercourses. Please see Riparian Landownership or the Environment Agency for information on how to determine if you are a riparian landowner, and what it means for you.
Following an investigation
Following an investigation, a flood investigation report will be produced. It is a statutory requirement of the Flood and Water Management Act for this report to be made publically available for viewing. Reports will be made available below:
- Flood Investigation – Daisy Dip (December 2011)
- Flood Investigation – Daisy Dip (June 2012)