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Roles and responsibilities of flood risk management authorities

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Lincolnshire County Council as a Lead Local Flood Authority is responsible for managing the following types of flooding:

  • Surface water flooding – this includes flooding from rainfall run off from surfaces such as roads, roofs, and patios
  • Ordinary Watercourses – this includes drains which can be easily overwhelmed after heavy rain, but excludes main rivers that are managed by the Environment Agency.
  • Groundwater flooding – this includes flooding caused by heavy and sustained levels of rainfall capable of increasing the groundwater table.

Our role as Lead Local Flood Authority includes assessing the risk of surface water flooding across Lincolnshire as well as working with organisations responsible for water management across the county, so that we can bring people and resources together more effectively so that we can reduce the likelihood of flooding happening, and provide the best possible help when it does happen.

The responsibilities of the County Council include:

  • Developing, maintaining, applying and monitoring of a strategy for local flood risk management  covering Lincolnshire
  • Joint working and co-ordination of all relevant organisations through our Flood Risk and Drainage Management Partnership
  • The power to request information about flooding incidents that can help us improve the way flood risk is understood and managed 
  • Investigating flooding incidents and publishing the results, especially about which authorities have relevant flood risk management responsibilities and what they have done or intend to do
  • Maintaining a register of structures or features which have a significant effect on flood risk in our area
  • Designating specific features as flood risk management assets, which give a degree of protection from damage or removal. The power to undertake works to manage flood risk from surface runoff and groundwater
  • The power to undertake works to manage flood risk from surface runoff, ordinary watercourses and groundwater
  • Lincolnshire County Council as Lead Local Flood Authority is a statutory consultee on planning applications for major developments with surface water drainage.
  • Consenting and enforcement for works on ordinary watercourses. In Lincolnshire we have agreed with Internal Drainage Boards that they will undertake this work on behalf of the County Council, as they already exercise this role in the 40% of the county that they currently serve.
  • Working consistently with the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Strategy developed and published by the Environment Agency

Environment Agency’s roles and responsibilities

The Environment Agency is responsible for coastal management in Lincolnshire, managing the risk of flooding from main rivers and regulating reservoirs. The Agency has a duty to contribute to sustainable development when delivering its statutory functions.

Under recent legislation the Environment Agency is now also responsible for:

  • Strategic overview for all forms of flooding at national level
  • Developing a National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) to cover all forms of flooding
  • Converting of Regional Flood Defence Committees into Regional Flood and Coastal Committees with a new remit to include coastal erosion issues
  • The power to request information in connection with its own flood and coastal erosion risk management functions
  • The power to designate structures and features that affect flooding or coastal erosion

For more information and advice about flooding please follow this link.

Anglian Water Services and Severn Trent Water

Water and Sewerage Companies manage the supply and quality of drinking water, as well as the disposal and treatment of sewage and, in urban areas, the disposal of surface water runoff from properties.

New roles and responsibilities under recent legislation act include

  • acting consistently with the national strategy and having regard to local strategies when carrying out flood risk management functions
  • complying with Lead Local Flood Authorities’ requests and recommendations in respect of their flood risk management functions
  • adopting of private sewers

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Internal Drainage Boards

Internal drainage boards are responsible for ordinary watercourses within their boundaries. They manage an extensive network of drainage channels, pumps and sluices which combine to maintain low-lying, high-quality agricultural land, as well as managing water levels across large areas of the county. New roles and responsibilities include

  • Designating structures and features that affect flooding or coastal erosion
  • Working consistently with local and national flood risk management strategies
  • Complying with the Lead Local Flood Authority’s requests and recommendations in respect of their flood risk management functions
  • Establishing consortia with other IDBs
  • Act as a secondary consultee on planning applications for major developments with surface water drainage

District and Borough Councils

District and Borough Councils retain existing powers to undertake works on ordinary watercourses, and have the following new roles and responsibilities

  • Act as the SuDs Approving Body (SAB) for major developments with surface water drainage
  • Power to designate structures and features that affect flooding or coastal erosion
  • Duty to exercise their flood risk management functions in a manner consistent with local and national strategies, and to have regard to those strategies in their other functions
  • Duty to comply with the Lead Local Flood Authority’s requests and recommendations

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Last updated: 7 January 2016

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