The Flood and Water Management Team help authorities work together to manage and reduce local flooding problems across the County. We are known as a ‘Lead Local Flood Authority'
Essex County Council has a role in overseeing flood risk from:
- Groundwater - caused when heavy or prolonged rainfall makes the groundwater table rise above its normal level.
- Surface water (rainfall) runoff - flows from, or over, surfaces such as roads, fields and buildings.
- Ordinary watercourses (streams and ditches) – small channels which can overflow during or after heavy rain.
It is part of our job to carry out the following tasks:
- record, investigate and publish reports on significant floods
- order works to manage flood risk from surface runoff or groundwater
- request information from any person in connection with flooding
- give permission for any changes to drainage and watercourses
- record drainage structures and find those responsible for maintaining them
- work with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Essex Highways, Local Authorities and Water Companies to develop a local flood risk management strategy.
- ensure that developments drain in a way that does not increase flood risk elsewhere.
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