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Flood Investigations

Worcestershire County Council, within its role as Lead Local Flood Authority, has a duty to investigate flood events it deems to be 'significant' as detailed in Section 19 of Part 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) as follows;

Section 19

  1. On becoming aware of a flood in its area, a lead local flood authority must, to the extent that it considers it necessary or appropriate, investigate

    (a) which risk management authorities have relevant flood risk management functions, and
    (b) whether each of those risk management authorities has exercised, or is proposing to exercise, those functions in response to flood.
  2. Where an authority carries out an investigation under subsection 1) it must

    (a) publish the results of its investigations; and
    (b) notify any relevant risk management authorities

Worcestershire County Council Triggers

All flood events will be investigated informally but flood events resulting in one or more of the following impacts will normally be formally investigated under the Flood & Water Management Act:

  • Danger to life
  • 10 or more properties internally flooded
  • 10 or more businesses severely disrupted
  • 1 or more pieces of critical infrastructure severely impacted

A formal investigation under the Flood & Water Management Act might also be triggered if there is one or more of the following:

  • Very frequent flooding
  • Impact on particularly vulnerable people
  • Severe economic disruption
  • Significant environmental impact
  • Requests of a significant weight

Following the conclusion of a formal investigation, a report will be published on the findings. The report will analyse the affected area and its flood history, summarise all of the information gathered during the investigation, identify relevant flood risk management authorities and where possible identify possible flood resilience actions that could be taken.

Section 19 Flood Investigations

Investigation: Hollywood Flood Event May 2018

Investigation: Hagley flood events Autumn 2019