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.
To report an incident click here.