Unfortunately, we will never be able to stop flooding from happening but we can try to understand the risk better and attempt to reduce the risk to people and property.
As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) one of the Council’s new responsibilities is a duty to investigate flood events that occur within in its area as it deems necessary.
Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 outlines that:
(1) On becoming aware of a flood in its area, a lead local flood authority must, to the extent that its considers 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 response to the flood
(2) Where an authority carries out investigation under sub section (1) it must: publish the results of its investigation, and notify any relevant risk management authorities While each flood incident will be assessed, the council will determine if formal investigation is necessary and the need to investigate a particular flood is determined on case by case basis considering factors such as the likely source of the flood and the number of properties affected.
As there is no currently available national definition for Local Significant Harmful Consequence, the council has established guidelines, based on the Council’s published Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA), to help determine if formal investigation is required. These guidelines will remain under review.
Risk Category and Impact
Shops/supermarkets/retail premises, Manufacturing premises, Offices - More than two properties flooded above ground floor level in one location.
Where a formal investigation is instigated these reports will include the following: