Help us understand flooding in Bedford Borough
Bedford Borough Council is consulting with local residents to
better understand the impact of flooding in the borough.
The recent wet weather experienced across the UK is a reminder
of how flooding has the potential to cause widespread damage and
loss. Bedford Borough was spared some of the worst flooding seen
elsewhere in the country although heavy rainfall did cause the
river to swell spreading surface water and making some rural roads
Bedford Borough Council took swift action including:
- prepared special ‘aqua bags’ to be installed at appropriate
- coordinating emergency flood response officers to visit at risk
- setting up a 24 hour emergency telephone line
- working closely with local organisations including the RSPCA and
Bedfordshire and Luton Emergency Volunteers and emergency services
to be prepared should flooding take place.
Although there were no reports of internal flooding to homes
or businesses received the borough was well prepared in case the
The Council is always keen to listen to local residents and make
sure it is doing all it can to prevent flooding damage in the
borough. This consultation is asking for residents thoughts on how
we can ensure the way we manage flood risk reflects the priorities
and concerns of local residents.
The consultation runs from the 12th March to 7th May
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Flooding can
devastate lives and we take we take this risk extremely
“When the borough was threatened with flooding last month we put
our stringent flood management plans into action and worked with
residents, the emergency services and volunteer groups to ensure
the borough was well prepared in case the worst of the weather,
which was seen elsewhere in the country, arrived in the
“We are not complacent however and we are speaking to local
residents to ensure the way we manage and deal with flooding risk
reflects the priorities of our local residents and businesses.
“If you have any ideas for how the borough could deal with
potential flooding in the future, then get in touch before the
consultation closes in May.”
Bedford Borough Council is a Lead Local Flood Authority and as
such has certain duties and responsibilities when it comes to
flooding. This includes producing a ‘Local Flood Risk Management
Strategy’ for the Borough.
Whether you have been flooded or not, your responses to the
current consultation will help us to develop the strategy and
ensure it is locally relevant and that it reflects your concerns
for the future resilience of our Borough.