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Flooding and flood water management in Hampshire

Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs)

The County Council is currently preparing a number of Surface Water Management Plans (SWMP). A SWMP outlines the surface water management strategy in a district. It takes into account the risks posed by surface water flooding, including agreement about who will do what to better manage these risks. It also sets out what will be done and when and identifies how it will be paid for.

If you would like to tell us about flooding incidents so we can include that information in the SWMPs, please use the Flood Reporting Template Microsoft Excel 23kB

Work is currently underway on four SWMPs in Hampshire

  • Rushmoor
  • Eastleigh
  • Basingstoke
  • Central Hampshire – this is the chalk catchment area which suffers from groundwater flooding

Work on the SWMPs (and also the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment) is being co-ordinated by a steering group. The steering group includes representatives from the districts and other partners. Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight Lead Local Flood Authorities are also preparing SWMPs.

Draft plans are available for Eastleigh and Rushmoor with the others to follow. Once these first plans are complete a broader programme will follow, so we will have complete countywide coverage by 2015.

It is likely that the documents will be continually updated as living flood management toolkits. They will help us understand what flood management prevention measures are successful.

This document  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB explains the terms used in these plans and provides overall background information across the County.