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Flood Risk Management in Bedford Borough

Flood

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?

Following the 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 introduction 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. 

 

Under this legislation, Bedford Borough Council is the 'Lead Local Flood Authority', and as such has a series of improved powers, duties and responsibilities for co-ordinating the management of '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 produce a 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.

 

To find out more about the ways flood risk is managed in the Borough explore the links on the left hand side.

 

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