We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) as defined by the Flood and Water Management Act, 2010. The new legislation is designed to improve the way we tackle the risk of flooding across England and Wales following the large summer floods of 2007.

Devon Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Consultation

Together with other partner authorities and key stakeholders in Devon we have reviewed and updated the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. This is now available for comment via our public consultation, running from 21st August to 15th October 2020.

Flood Risk Response to COVID-19

The Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team are currently following government advice in the bid to help stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Every member of the team is currently working from home and we are undertaking tasks as normal to the best of our ability. However, some members of the team are being redeployed to assist with Covid-19 duties.

The Coronavirus pandemic is a challenging time for everyone, and we will continue to offer ongoing support to those at risk of flooding. During this time we will not be undertaking any site visits unless there is a significant risk of internal flooding to people’s homes or there is a threat to life. If a site visit is essential we are ensuring government guidelines are followed when on site. All other meetings will take place via video conferencing.

For information on our ongoing flood schemes and how they are being impacted by the government mandated lockdown please see our schemes page.

Find out what is happening in your area in our Action Plan.

For information on what to do before, during and after flooding read the Environment Agency’s flood advice booklet

Water going under a bridge showing Bickleigh floods

Living with Water DCC Living with Water leaflet

If you have a river, stream, ditch or culvert running through or alongside your property you are likely to be responsible for its maintenance. We have produced an advice leaflet summarising rights and responsibilities when it comes to rivers, streams, ditches and surface water on your land – Living with Water.


Pre-application advice

Flood Risk Management offer a pre-application advice service. For more details please see our Pre-application advice.


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