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When do we investigate a flood?

When do we investigate a flood?

Under section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, we will respond to every reported flooding incident and then make an assessment whether to carry out a detailed investigation under the terms of the Act.

We will investigate incidents of flooding if they meet the following criteria:

  • The internal flooding of a property on more than one occasion OR
  • The internal flooding of five properties during a single flood incident

AND

  • If the source of the incident or who is responsible  is unknown 

Where can I find flood investigation reports?

You can make a request for a flood investigation report by sending an email to floods@essex.gov.uk

You can see which areas have been subject to a flood investigation on the flood risk and asset register map.