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 are finalising a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Nottinghamshire.

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

Southwell Flood Study


Our findings to date are presented in the report and appendices below. We welcome views and comments on this information; our focus is to ensure that we achieve the most accurate understanding of the flooding as possible. Should you wish to comment, our consultation period is open until 10 December 2015. There are several ways you can do this:

  1. Download and complete the Southwell Report Consultation and Comments for [Word] and either email your completed form to or send a copy in the post to:

    Flood Risk Management Team (TBH)
    Nottinghamshire County Council
    County Hall Loughborough Road
    West Bridgford
    NG2 7QP

  2. Attend one of the two remaining drop in sessions. These sessions are being held in the function room of The Admiral Rodney, King Street, Southwell NG25 0EH on Friday 20 November 10am and 5pm and Saturday 21 November 2015 between 10am and 2.30pm. Both of these sessions will give you the opportunity to discuss the report with staff on a one to one basis.

  3. Call our dedicated voicemail on 0115 9774917 and leave us a message with your comments.

Our team will be collating all the comments received for consideration and you will receive an individual response as necessary.

This simple animation shows how our hydraulic model (referenced in the report) predicts flooding in Southwell during a 1:100 year rainfall event.


Southwell Flood Study - launch event presentation, September 2015 [PDF]

Flooding responsibilities

Responsibilities and who to contact for different types of flooding:

Flooding type Responsibility


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

Contact us

Get in touch for more information about our flood risk planning and responsibilities.
Customer Service Centre: 0300 500 80 80

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