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Read our flood risk management strategy and find out about carrying out work on watercourses
Flood risk management strategy
The strategy explains the roles and responsibilities of local authorities, partners and communities in the management of flood risk in Leicestershire.
We are now designated as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and hold the lead role in local flood risk management. We are required to develop a local flood risk strategy, which you can read below. Working along with flood risk management partners, we will develop this plan with the aim of reducing the impact of flooding in Leicestershire.
Regulation is the management of any activity that creates obstructions to flow in watercourses. This is done to ensure that flood risk is managed. It involves giving consent for acceptable work to be carried out and taking enforcement action if work is unacceptable.
Consent to carry out work
To carry out work on, or near to, a watercourse you may need our consent.
We are responsible for granting consent for works on ordinary watercourses. An ordinary watercourse is defined as not being a ‘main river’ and can include streams, ditches, drains etc. other than those that belong to Severn Trent or Anglian Water.
Consent for works on ‘main rivers’ is the responsibility of the Environment Agency.
If you’re unsure what type of watercourse your intended work is on, you can check the main rivers map. If the watercourse is not included on the main river map it is likely to be an ordinary watercourse.
Activities on ordinary watercourses that require consent are those which are likely to cause an obstruction to flow or restrict storage and include culverts, bridges, weirs etc.pens new window
When work is carried out without consent, and where we deem that consent would have been needed, works cannot be retrospectively consented.
In these cases we will normally take action to ensure the ordinary watercourse is put back to the condition it was in beforehand. This is very important as work carried out without consent has the potential to increase flood risk to people and property.
There are areas around Bottesford, Redmile and Harby that fall within the responsibility of the Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board. For specific details of the areas and drainage assets that are involved please contact the board directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01636 704371.
Preliminary flood risk assessment (PFRA)
The PFRA gives a summary of flood risk in the county. It includes looking at flooding from the following sources:
and any interaction these have with main rivers and the sea.
The surface water management plan is used to identify areas where there is a high risk of surface water flooding, which could happen because of heavy rainfall. The plan outlines a preferred strategy for managing the risk of surface water flooding.
To increase our understanding of issues and sources of flooding Leicestershire County Council (acting as Lead Local Flood Authority) has carried out the following investigations into flooding incidents within the county. Each investigation includes a summary of the issues found, any actions and potential mitigation for a flood.