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Our duties as a Lead Local Flood Authority

What does it mean for Essex County Council to be a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA)?

Essex County Council has been given lead responsibility for reducing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses and to work closely with other organisations under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

Transcript Local Flood Risk Strategy

Our duties

Under The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and Flood Risk Regulations 2009, Essex County Council as a Lead Local Flood Authority is responsible for managing flood risk. We are required to:

  • manage local flood risk such as groundwater flooding, surface water run-off and ordinary watercourses.
  • prepare and maintain a strategy for local flood risk management
  • maintain a register of assets – these are physical features that have an effect on flooding
  • look into flooding incidents and make the results from these investigations public. 
  • establish approval bodies for design, building and operation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
  • play a lead role in emergency planning and recovery after a flood event.
  • commission works to manage flood risk from surface runoff or groundwater
  • request information from any person in connection with the authority’s flood and coastal erosion risk management functions
  • give permission for any changes to ordinary watercourses
  • record, investigate and publish reports on floods in the county
  • record flood assets and identify those responsible for maintaining them
  • manage any assets and features which have an impact on flood risk so they cannot be removed or replaced without permission.
  • work with organisations such as the Environment Agency and water companies to develop a local flood risk management strategy for managing surface runoff, groundwater and ordinary watercourses throughout Essex.
  • make sure that any developments/projects drain off run-off water in a way which does not increase the risk of flooding anywhere else. 
  • manage surface water flooding – this includes flooding from rainfall run off from surfaces such as roads, roofs, and patios
  • respond to major planning applications in relation to sustainable drainage systems.