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.

Flood Risk Response to COVID-19

The Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team are continuing to take a hybrid approach to working following the easing of government guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most team members are continuing to work predominantly from home with some splitting their time between home and County Hall.

Team members are able to undertake site visits where necessary, however there are still considerations when meeting indoors or sharing vehicles. Most of our meetings continue to take place via video conferencing.

For information on our ongoing flood schemes and how they have been impacted by the pandemic 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 WaterDCC 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.

Managing Land to Reduce Flood Risk

This guidance document focuses on the effect on flood risk from the management of soils, planting of woodlands and managing surface water runoff in upland areas, highlighting methods that can be used to reduce flood risk through good land management. These methods range from being localised in farmland areas to larger catchment area projects – Managing Land to Reduce Flood Risk.

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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