Flooding and flood water management in Hampshire

Coastal flooding and coastal erosion

As part of Hampshire County Council's responsibilities as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), it takes an overview of local forms of flooding in Hampshire. This focuses upon surface water, groundwater, and flooding from ordinary watercourses.

The management of the risks of coastal flooding and coastal erosion is the responsibility of the Environment Agency and the Maritime Local Authorities, with the district councils retaining certain powers to carry out works to manage coastal flood risk in their areas.

However the Flood and Water Management Act stresses the need for risk to be managed in a co-ordinated way across river catchments and along the coast, and the need for local decision-making so coastal forms of flooding and erosion will be taken into account in the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Hampshire, which was produced with partners and stakeholders and was adopted in July 2013 by Hampshire County Council.

Hampshire County Council is taking a proactive joined up approach and is working very closely with both the Environment Agency and also the Maritime Local Authorities regarding coastal flooding and coastal erosion.