Flood Risk Management
It is agreed by many scientists that climate change will lead to the UK experiencing warmer wetter winters, hotter drier summers and more severe weather events. More frequent incidents of heavy rainfall will increase the likelihood of flooding from rivers and surface water, while rising sea levels over time will increase the risk of flooding to coastal communities in Lincolnshire. We have recently seen extreme summer rainfall events in 2007, 2008 and again this year and the number of winter storms across the UK have doubled in the last 50 years.
Following the flood of 2007 the Pitt Report was published in 2008, setting out how England and Wales might better manage flood risk in the future. The Pitt Report led to new UK legislation (Flood and Water Management Act 2010) alongside European measures (Flood Risk Regulations 2009).
The Act established a national overview role for the Environment Agency, to make sure that as a nation we improve the way we approach reducing the risk of flooding, and responding to floods when they happen.
The Act also established upper-tier authorities, which includes Lincolnshire County Council, as ‘Lead Local Flood Authorities’ giving them a new local leadership and co-ordination role in flood risk management. New duties include the management of surface water flooding, something that previously no organisation had specific responsibility for and was highlighted by Sir Michael Pitt in his report as a key issue.
Flood risk management authorities in Lincolnshire have been recognised by Government as among those leading nationally in the development of partnership and co-ordination, through the creation of the development of the Lincolnshire Flood Risk and Drainage Management Partnership Framework.