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The Flood Risk Management Team within Southampton City Council want to provide you with as much information as possible about flood risk in the City, so residents, businesses and developers can be flood aware and prepared for flooding emergencies.

Flooding is a serious threat that can sometimes occur with no warning. It can have damaging impacts to homes and business and can cause major disruption to transportation networks. The main sources of flooding include coastal flooding, river flooding, surface water flooding and groundwater flooding.

Flood risk in Southampton

Find out about the different types of Flood Risk in Southampton and the powers, duties and responsibilities that Southampton City Council holds as a Lead Local Flood Authority and we have the duty to carry out Flood Investigations when required.

Managing flood risk in the city

See some of the plans and strategies that have been developed by us to help manage and reduce the risk of flooding in the city:

Advice on flood risk

Whether you are a home owner, resident or in charge of a business, it is your responsibility to take different measures to ensure that you, your family and your property are as safe as possible. Therefore we have provided you with some advice on:

Land or property with a watercourse

If your land or property has a watercourse adjoining, adjacent or with a watercourse, here is some information you may need:

Advice for developers

Any future development in areas where flood may exist must be designed to withstand the possibility of flooding over the proposed lifetime of the development, with allowances for climate change. For detailed information and requirements that you must follow as a developer can be found on these pages


Local Land Searches – Flood Risk

Local Land Searches provides you with information relating to Flood Risk and Drainage Matters within sections CON29R and CON29O.


River Itchen Flood Alleviation Scheme

There have been a number of projects that have been developed in order to reduce and manage flood risk in the city, one of which includes the River Itchen Flood Alleviation Scheme