Flooding and flood water management in Hampshire

Investigations of flooding incidents

Updated 18 August 2015

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Buckskin flood investigation 2014

Romsey flood investigation 2014

Phase One documents

Phase Two documents

St Mary Bourne flood investigation 2012/13

Thornford Road Ford flood investigation 2012

About investigations of flooding incidents

Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA) investigate flooding incidents in their area to identify which organisation is responsible for the relevant flood risk management function and what that organisation has done or intends to do. The LLFA will then publish the results of any investigation, and notify any relevant risk management authorities.

This complies with the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 which says:

“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 have relevant flood risk management functions, and
(b) whether each of those risk management authorities has exercised, or is proposing to exercise, those functions in response to the flood.”

The duty is not to investigate the flood event itself. That happens already under other emergency planning procedures and legislation. The role of the LLFA is to investigate the process by which the various flood risk management authorities undertook their duties in responding to the flood in order to learn lessons which can minimise flood risk in future.

Guidance on investigation and reporting

Guidance is now available to identify whether a flood is likely to be considered significant enough to trigger a flood investigation under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and is available below:

If you wish to report a flood that you feel meets the requirements of the guidance please complete the flood reporting template and forward to fwm@hants.gov.uk

The results of any investigations carried out will be published as they are completed.