After flooding in 2007 the government commissioned a review, which recommended that "Local authorities should lead on the management of local flood risk, with the support of the relevant organisations", (The Pitt Review, 2008). This led to the Flood and Water Management Act (2010).
Nottinghamshire County Council is now a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and has new powers and duties for managing flooding from local sources, namely Ordinary Watercourses, surface water (overland runoff) and groundwater in the administrative area of Nottinghamshire.
We are working together with Nottingham City Council through a joint Strategic Flood Risk Management Board with other relevant organisations to steer local flood risk management activities in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Partnership working between the County Council, Risk Management Authorities, other relevant organisations and local communities is key to managing flood risk in the future, funding future flood schemes and helping communities to become more resilient to flooding.
What we have done so far
We have carried out extensive work alongside other Risk Management Authorities since 2007. This includes:
- us spending an additional £600,000 per year on flood risk management, including improvements to road drainage systems and culverts
- working with other organisations, especially the Environment Agency and District Councils to take forward flood risk management schemes
- working with communities to increase resilience to flooding, with the provision of some community resilience stores
- spatial and emergency planning work.
What we are currently doing
We have recently completed a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment for the County. This is a high level flood risk assessment of local sources, primarily Ordinary Watercourses, surface water (overland runoff) and groundwater, across the County. We are proactively planning for our new responsibilities under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) and are also involved in a number of flood alleviation schemes in the County.
We have developed a flood related glossary to explain terminology used.
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
As of October 2010, we now have a legal duty to develop, maintain, apply and monitor a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. The strategy will cover:
- Risk Management Authorities in the LLFA area (Districts/ Boroughs, LLFA, Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards, Water Companies, Highways Authorities)
- Flood risk and coastal erosion risk management functions that Risk Management Authorities may exercise
- Objectives for managing flood risk
- Measures proposed to meet the objectives
- How and when measures will be implemented
- Costs, benefits and funding of measures
- Assessment of local flood risk for the purpose of the strategy
- How the strategy will be reviewed
- How the strategy contributes to wider environmental objectives.
The County Council is developing the strategy in partnership with other organisations including District and Borough Councils, Severn Trent Water, the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards and Nottingham City Council. We will be consulting affected Risk Management Authorities, other organisations and the public at various stages as we develop the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. We currently expect to complete the Strategy for summer 2014. Find out more about the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.