Original question: Which organisation has the primary responsibility for the management of flood risk in this area?

Response from an authorative source in blue with further resulting questions in red:

A) The Environment Agency have the overseeing role for flooding from tidal and main river sources.
Q)Does this mean they are responsible for maintenance and modifying if necessary to minimise flood risk? Are there any main rivers in Wyre Borough apart from the Wyre, Brock and Calder? 
A) There is no maintenance responsibility implied by this overseeing role.  Responsibilities in all cases lie with the riparian owner.  However the EA has powers under the Land Drainage Act 1991 for operation works and regulatory powers.  these powers have been extended in the Floods and Water Management Act 2010 to give them powers on coastal structures as well. The Agency may choose to use these powers to reduce flood risk through improvements, maintenance or enforcement.

There are a number of watercourses defined as main river within the Wyre area including watercourses previously referred to as critical ordinary.  The EA produces maps of main river watercourses and these can be found on its web site at: Here


A) On ordinary watercourses the local authority takes the lead.
Q) Presumably this means Wyre BC*? Does this mean they are responsible for maintenance and modifying if necessary to minimise flood risk?
A) Similar to the EA's powers district councils (WBC) may choose to utilise the powers given under the LD Act 1991 or the Coast Protection Act 1949 to reduce flood risk through improvements, maintenance or enforcement. The riparian owner remains responsible.
These powers are permissive under the Land Drainage Act.

Q) Is this the only legislation that defines all flood related responsibilities relating to this area?
A) There are over 40 statutory instruments that we work under but the main acts are the Land Drainage Act 1991, Water Resources Act 1991, Coast Protection Act 1949 and the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

A) For surface water flooding the first tier authority LCC in our case have overall responsibility.
Q) How does this fit with assumption* above as ordinary watercourses surely are a potential cause of surface water flooding?
A) Surface water flooding includes flood risk from ground water, surface water and ordinary watercourses.  WBC therefore have a key role to work with LCC and Blackpool to help them to understand the systems in place and help them to develop strategies for managing flood risk from these sources.

A) For flooding from sewers the utility company have overall responsibility although environmental health may take the lead if the issue impacts on the health of the public.
Q) Does this apply to surface water sewers as well as the foul and combined sewers?
A) The utility company has developed an adopted plan of its sewer network, at present if a sewer is defined as adopted either combined, foul or surface water then the utility company would be responsible.  However where watercourses have been culverted these will remain unadopted and defined as ordinary watercourses. 

A) With reference to changes to the acts following the Floods and Water Management Act 2010 reference should be made to :Click here

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