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Investigating Flooding

Under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) Bedford Borough Council, as the Lead Local Flood Authority, has a duty to investigate certain incidents of flooding.

 

On becoming aware of a flood of significant scale or frequency within the Borough, the Council will (to the extent it is considered necerssary or appropriate) formally investigate the role and response of the relevant organisations which are involved.

 

When do we investigate?

The need to investigate an incident of flooding is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Council, which takes into account factors such as uncertainty in the cause of flooding and the number of properties which have been affected.

 

What do we do?

It is not the responsibility of the council or the Investigating Officer to resolve the incident, however our investigation will look at the flooding issue in detail and try to establish what happened, what was affected and why. It will also suggest ways of reducing the risk of repeat events in the future. 

 

Only when Bedford Borough Council carries out a 'formal' flood investigation must it publish the results of the investigation.

 

Published Formal Flood Investigation Reports

Reports of formal flood investigations undertaken in the Borough are published below.

Area Reported Date
 Stewartby, Pillinge Road/Park Crescent  April 2013
 Stevington, Silver Street   February 2013
 Sharnbrook, Kennell Hill  December 2012
 Bedford, Stour Way  July 2013

 

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