Other Flood Authorities - Who does what?
Who does what?
There are a number of additional
roles which have been identified by the Flood
and Water Management Act (2010) as having an influence
over how flood risk is managed and have a duty to co-operate with
each other and to share data, the responsibilities of these
organisations are set out below.
Defra (the Depatrment of Environmental, Rood and
Rural Affairs) has overall national responsibility for policy
on flood and coastal erosion risk management, and provides funding
for flood risk management authorities through flood defence grants.
It does not build or manage flood or coastal erosion defences and
does not direct any authorities on which specific projects should
The Environment Agency
Environment Agency plays sets the national strategy
for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management and provides support
and guidance to local authorities.
The Agency has a
duty and powers to manage flood risk from main rivers,
resevoirs and the sea. Main Rivers are those shown on the
flood map, in Bedford Borough this includes the River
Great Ouse, as well as sections of the River Til, the
River Nene, Pertenhall Brook and Riseley Brook in the northern part
of the Borough. Flooding from a main river should be
reported to the Environment Agency.
Environment Agency website allows you to find out about the
risk of flooding in your area and provides up to date flood warning
and advice on how to protect your home or business from flooding by
following simple steps. Check to see if your property is in
a flood risk area and/or sign up to receive FREE flood
warnings at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.
The Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC)
Regional Flood and Coastal
Committees (RFCCs) were established by the Flood and Water
Management Act (2010). These are split up into regional areas based
on river catchments. The 'Anglian (Central) RFCC’ is responsible
for Bedford Borough, which falls into the Upper Great Ouse River
RFCCs approve the annual
programme of flood defence work in their region and set the
local levy. The Committees are made up of a Chairman appointed
by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra),
members appointed by the Environment Agency and members appointed
by local authorities. All meetings are open to the public. If
you would like to know more, visit the
Environment Agency's Regional Committees Website or see
guidance note produced by Defra.
Internal Drainage Boards
Part of the
Borough is covered by The Bedford Group of Internal Drainage
Boards (IDB) which provides local storm water management
through ordinary watercourse maintenance and improvement.
The IDB is
responsible for the management of ordinary watercourses within
their admin area (known as the Internal Drianage District), this
includes issuing consents for work. To find out if a
watercourse is under the IDBs jurisdiction, click here to navigate to
the IDBs interactive map.
Anglian Water is
responsible for the public sewerage system, which is made up
of a network of sewers and drains. Flooding from the public sewer
can occur from foul or surface water, this happens when sewers
become blocked or damaged or when large amounts of
rainwater cause the sewers to overflow.
Further information on Anglian Water's
responsibilities and practical advice on how best to respond to
waste water flooding can be found on their Waste Water Flooding Advice
The Local Highways
Local Highways Authority it is the responsibility of the
Borough Council to react to reports of flooding on public
highways and footpaths within the Borough (excluding motorways
and trunk roads which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency). It is not
necessarily their responsibility to prevent
recurrence, however the Local Highway
Authority do maintain the
roads, drains and gullies to ensure that they are
You can contact
the council's Highways Helpdesk on tel:
01234 718003 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is a problem with the motorways please call the Highways
Agency's 24 hour report line on tel: 0300 123 5000.
If your property is
adjacent to a watercourse of any description, or this passes
through or under your property, you are a 'Riparian
Owner'. As a riparian owner you should be maintaining your
waterways regularly and keeping vegetation and
obstacles that may restrict the flow of the water clear from
the bed and banks. The best time of year to undertake major
clearance works is in late September/October, if repairs are
required you are likely to need
For more information
- To view a map displaying the different organisations areas
of responsibility click here.
- A table of full drainage responsibilities for the Borough can
be found here.
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