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.

Nottinghamshire County Council is working in line with the government guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have been affected by a flood and are in immediate danger, please call 999. Please continue to use information contained in the During a Flood webpage for reporting flooding incidents during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The flood risk management team are operating remotely as per government guidance, the level of service remains unchanged. We are still committed to undertaking site visits with local residents to provide guidance, support and advice, these will be held as per government guidelines in line with social distancing.

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact

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.

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

Section 19 reports:

Under section 21 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, each Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) in England and Wales has to establish and maintain a register of structures or features which, in the opinion of the authority, are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk in its locality. This includes a record of information about each of those structures or features, including information about ownership and state of repair. LLFA's also have a duty to arrange for the register to be available for inspection by the public. The record does not need to be made available to the public.

To promote both community partnership working and to allow cohesion and ease of transitions between our working borders for the public, the County Council has published its Asset Register together with Nottingham City Council.

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

Have you ever wondered how the landscape such as hills, valleys and roads affects the flow of water into streams, rivers and wetlands?

Our Flood Risk Management Team’s new Augmented Reality Sandbox is able to model all of this and is now being used in schools to educate young people about the impacts of flooding.

You can request a visit from the sandbox to your school, community event or parish council meeting by emailing:

Find out more about the augmented reality sandbox


Have you ever wondered how conventional drainage compares to sustainable drainage features?  Our SuDS Model showcases the benefits of using sustainable drainage over that of older conventional drainage.

You can request a visit from the sandbox to your school, community event or parish council meeting by emailing:

Contact us

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

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