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 per se – 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:
Flood Investigation Guidance 248 kB
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 email@example.com
Flood Reporting Template 23 kB
The results of any investigations carried out will be published as they are completed.