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Who Is Responsible for Managing Flood Risks?

Floods tend to be recurring problems in specific areas and those who live in areas prone to flooding will usually have a flood plan in place should the water begin to rise. However, in order to keep people informed, there are a number of organisations and government bodies that collect and share information to ensure flood risks are properly managed, thereby reducing any potential damage. 

While the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has overall national responsibility when it comes to flood and erosion risk management, it provides funding and grants to local authorities and relevant organisations (a list of which we have compiled and outlined below) to ensure comprehensive, local flood management.

The Environment Agency  

The Environment Agency is tasked with overseeing all sources of coastal erosion and flooding while managing strategies in place to deal with them. This means they are also responsible for providing evidence and advice to the government to inform future flooding policies and set the direction of any future strategies aimed at reducing flood risks. In addition, the Environment Agency has published a National Flood and Coastal Management Strategy for England which effectively outlines the roles of all those involved in risk management; in short, the agency has operational responsibility for managing the risk of flooding from all main water sources across the UK.  

District Councils

District Councils play a key role when it comes to planning local flood management and they are also responsible for undertaking risk management on local water sources. They work in partnership with local flood authorities (typically County Councils and unitary authorities) and other organisations when it comes to the development of local area, making sure that flood risks are not overlooked during the planning stages. District Councils also oversee local Drainage Boards which are responsible for water level management - a vital role that helps to predict and foresee any future flooding risks.

Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

Across England, 11 Regional Flood and Coastal committees have been established and they are responsible for ensuring that comprehensive plans are in place for identifying, sharing and managing flood risks across various catchment areas around the country. They were designed to encourage a more targeted approach to flood management, promoting effective planning and investment in high risk areas. They also provide an invaluable link between flood risk management authorities and other bodies to help improve understanding between different organisations when it comes to risks in other areas.

Here at Relko Group, we understand that despite the efforts of these groups, the worst can still happen and flooding can cause an incredible amount of damage to homes and livelihoods. Since 1997 we have been providing fire and flood restoration services across the UK and we are capable of providing a full range of services to help resolve any situation effectively and professionally. Full details of what we can provide can be viewed online, but if you have any specific questions then do not hesitate to contact us and we will help anyway we can.