The Council's role

Lead Local Flood Authority

We lead on the management of flood risk in Nottinghamshire. In this role, we work alongside partners to manage flooding from local sources: surface water, ordinary watercourses and groundwater.

We have completed a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment and have finalised and published a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Nottinghamshire.

View the final Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment report [PDF] (June 2011).

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) 

In its role as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) the County Council has permissive powers and statutory duties to manage and co-ordinate local flood risk management activities in Nottinghamshire. Local flood risk means flooding from surface water (overland runoff), groundwater and smaller watercourses (known as Ordinary Watercourses).

The County Council is required under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 to publish a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy including an Action Plan that identifies key objectives to shape the delivery of the flood risk management services in Nottinghamshire in partnership with the other Risk Management Authorities.

The Strategy was formally adopted by the Authority in September 2016.

Section 19 Reports

One of our duties as the Lead Local Flood Authority is to report on flooding incidents under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act (2010).

A Section 19 Report outlines what happened during a flooding incident and whether the relevant Risk Management Authorities have exercised or will exercise their responsibilities but it does not identify specific measures to prevent future flooding.

1. 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:

(a) Which Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) have relevant flood risk management functions.
(b) 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 an investigation under subsection (1) it must:-

(a) Publish the results of its investigation.
(b) Notify any relevant risk management authorities

Flooding responsibilities

Responsibilities and who to contact for different types of flooding:

Flooding type Responsibility

Action

Roads Our Highways team provide and manage highway drainage and ensure that road projects do not increase flood risk.

You can report road related damage/problems to us

Public sewer/burst water mains Severn Trent Water | 0800 783 4444 | @stwater You can report problems directly
Main rivers Environment Agency | 0845 988 1188 | @EnvAgency You can call the 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60
Ordinary watercourses Small rivers and streams which are not managed by the Environment Agency. They are the responsibility of the owners of their banks (riparian owners) We must provide consent to any changes on these, see making changes to waterways.
Rising groundwater The property owner but we can provide advice. See preparing for flooding

Flood map for planning

To assess if a location has a possibility of flooding, view the flood probability map.

Long term flood risk assessment for locations in England

View a map of flood risk assessments.

Use this service to find out:

  • how likely it is that a place could flood in the future
  • what factors could cause or contribute to any potential flooding
  • where to find more information about managing your flood risk.

Contact us

Get in touch for more information about our flood risk planning and responsibilities.

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