Two key pieces of legislation apply to the local authority when considering flood preparedness, mitigation, risk management and recovery. Firstly, the Flood and Water Management Act (2010), which aims to improve flood risk management, and secondly, the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), which ensures that authorities alongside their partners, are prepared to respond to and recover from major incidents, in support of the local community (see above).
As the Lead Local Flood Authority for the CWaC area the council has the lead role in managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses across the borough. This involves close working with partners involved in flood and water management, including the Environment Agency and the water utility companies.
- Applying and monitoring a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.
- Maintaining a register of local structures and features that are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk
- In the event of a significant flood, investigate to an appropriate level whether the relevant flood risk management functions were exercised correctly
- Contribute towards sustainable development when exercising a flood risk management function
- Act as the Sustainable Drainage Approving Body and to approve and adopt all new sustainable drainage systems that serve two or more properties in the borough.