Following the introduction of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Southampton City Council has been designated as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). All LLFAs are required to develop a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for their area.
The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy includes:
- A summary of all sources of flooding that affect the city
- Local sources – surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses (responsibility of the LLFA)
- Tidal, Main Rivers and reservoirs (Environment Agency’s responsibility for the management of risk)
- The responsibilities of the risk management authorities and what their role is in the management of flood risk
- Proposals for how the council can work together with other risk management authorities, businesses and local communities to improve the management of flood risk, and resilience of the city
The current Local Flood Risk Management Strategy was finalised in October 2014 following a three month public consultation before being adopted by the council in November 2014.
We are currently in the initial stages of updating our Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and aim to publish a refreshed version in 2020.