Flood Risk Management in Bedford Borough
The impacts of flooding can be
devastating in terms of the cost of repairs, replacement of damaged
property, loss of business and considerable personal trauma.
With the anticipated effects of
climate change, population growth and demographic changes meaning
that major flooding events are likely to become more frequent in
the UK, more is being done to ensure that this risk
of flooding is better understood, prevented and reduced.
How is the risk of flooding managed?
devastating floods in 2007, which affected much of the UK, a
major review into national flood risk management practices was
commissioned by the Government and resulted in the
‘Flood & Water Management Act (2010)’.
The Act builds
upon requirements already outlined in the 'Flood
Risk Regulations (2009)', which were created to implement the
EU Floods Directive in England and Wales.
this legislation, Bedford Borough Council is
Local Flood Authority', and as such has a series of
improved powers, duties and responsibilities for co-ordinating the
'local flood risk'.
As the Lead Local
Flood Authority we are requried to produce a Local Flood
Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) to set out how the
Council and its stakeholders will manage and maintain flood risk
within the Borough. The Strategy was agreed at the Executive
Committee on the 4th November 2015. To view this Strategy and find
out more information on it please click here.
As well as the
Strategy, Bedford Borough Council was also required to
Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) that
would identify areas of potentially significant flood
risk. This was completed in July 2011.
Flood risk from other sources is managed by our partners
involved in flood and water management, known as
Risk Management Authorities. We work closely with our
partners to ensure that the requirements of legislation and
policy are correctly implemented.
out more about the ways flood risk is managed in the Borough
explore the links on the left hand side.
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