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.

Our role during the coronavirus pandemic

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

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment

In 2017 and as part of our duties as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), we carried out a review of our Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA).

A PFRA is an assessment of:

  • floods that have taken place in the past
  • floods that could take place in the future

It considers flooding from surface water runoff, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.

The following documents contain the information that this review generated and these documents should be read in conjunction with the original PFRA dated 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

Section 19 reports:

Section 21 Asset register

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.

Partner updates

Worksop Flood 2019 - Partner update [PDF]

Ashfield – September

In response to some additional flooding taking place in Hucknall we do believe some debris had entered the system previously which contributed to the original flooding occurrence. A full inspection was conducted and the system was also drained but no significant debris was subsequently found, as such we believe any blockage moved on appropriately.

We have increased the internal weir height with temporary measures which has not resulted in any issues arising since. We have a regime of regular inspections taking place and at times of heavy rain, one of the Highway Inspectors has been visiting site, checking the system and liaising with relevant colleagues. We are currently working on a permanent ‘boarding’ system to increase the weir height and investigating a trigger alarm system to flag rising water in the future to give time to take interventions should these be required. To date however we have not seen any issues with the FRC operation.

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

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.

Share this page?