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Assessing the risk of surface water flooding across Lincolnshire

As Lead Local Flood Authority for Lincolnshire, the County Council is required to undertake a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) for the County.

As Lead Local Flood Authority for Lincolnshire, the County Council is required to undertake a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) for the County. This is a statutory duty under the Flood Risk Regulations 2009. The PFRA is an initial, strategic assessment of the risk of flooding from surface water in the County. It does not cover flood risk from the sea or from main rivers, although it does consider possible interactions between flooding from different sources. It also does not identity risk at the level of individual communities or properties. It was submitted to the Environment Agency in June 2011, and makes use of guidance provided by the Environment Agency to assist in this process.

The PFRA is available to view as a download on this website - click on the ‘Downloads’ tab above this section.

The PFRA is a preliminary strategic overview in preparation for the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy which will be more specific and detailed. In effect, the PFRA indicates the greater, longer-term potential risks at County level, in the event of weather events extreme enough to be significant emergencies. The Lincolnshire PFRA fulfils the requirements on the Lead Local Flood Authority under the Flood Risk Regulations 2009, and provides the best possible basis for developing the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy as required under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy is currently being developed by Lincolnshire County Council and its partners in the Lincolnshire Flood Risk and Drainage Management framework partnership. The draft Strategy will be subject to a full public consultation in early 2012 before it is submitted to partner agencies for adoption.

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Last updated: 16 July 2012

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