Flood management and drainage—lead local flood authority
Flood management and drainage—lead local flood authority

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Flood management and drainage—lead local flood authority
  • Flood and Water Management Act 2010
  • Creation of LLFAs
  • Local flood risk management strategies
  • Co-operation and arrangements
  • Power to request information and civil sanctions
  • Duty to investigate
  • Duty to maintain register
  • Sustainable development
  • Designation of features
  • More...

Flood management and drainage—lead local flood authority

Flood and Water Management Act 2010

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (FWMA 2010) was enacted to provide:

  1. more comprehensive management of flood risk for homes and businesses

  2. safeguards against rises in surface water drainage charges

  3. protection to water supplies for consumers

See Practice Notes: Flood management and drainage—responsible bodies and Flood and Water Management Act 2010—snapshot.

FWMA 2010 came into force in accordance with a number of orders made by the Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers, which relate to specific aspects of the Act.

FWMA 2010 gives the various bodies responsible for flood management powers to fulfil their obligations. This Practice Note focuses on the flood risk management powers for Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs).

For more information on who is responsible for flood management see Practice Note: Flood management and drainage—responsible bodies

For more information on FWMA 2010 see Practice Note: Flood and Water Management Act 2010—snapshot

Creation of LLFAs

The 2007 Pitt Review on flooding stated that ‘the role of local authorities should be enhanced so that they take on responsibility for leading the co-ordination of surface water flood risk management in their areas’. To this end, FWMA 2010 created LLFAs.

LLFAs have the lead responsibility for managing the risks of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses (which excludes main rivers managed by the Environment Agency (EA) or Welsh Ministers)

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