Flooding and drainage
advice and information about flooding and drainage
What we do
As a Lead Local Flood Authority, under the Flood and Water Management Act 2012, Gloucestershire County Council has responsibilities for
- investigating and reporting flooding incidents
- managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses (i.e. non main rivers)
- producing a local flood risk management strategy
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy [243kb]
- consenting works on ordinary water courses
- enforcing works to maintain the flow on ordinary water courses
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS)
Under 2010 legislation GCC has new responsibilities as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). This means we have a leadership and coordinating role for flood risk across the county from surface water runoff, ordinary watercourses and groundwater. In addition GCC has a responsibility for managing flood risk from the highway network and planning for emergencies. Under the same legislation GCC has produced and published Gloucestershire's Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS). For the full strategy document please visit Gloucestershire County Council's Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS).
We work together with many other risk management authorities to manage flood risk from all sources. These include:
- Environment Agency - Flood Guidance - responsible for main rivers & reservoirs
- Gloucestershire Roads - responsible for gully clearance and highway drainage
- District Councils, responsible for their own flood defences
- Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board - responsible for land drainage within its area
- Water companies, responsible for drinking water and the public sewer network
If there is a flood
Report flooding or standing water with our online service or call 08000 514 514 in an emergency.
Visit the Emergency Services webpage to find contact details and other advice services.
Your Essential Flood Guide - information, news and forward planning [364kb] contains information on staying safe, emergency contacts, what to do in the aftermath of flooding, how to prepare for a flood, help available and other useful advice.
Advice to businesses gives hygiene and safety advice for businesses, to prepare for and in the event of a flood.
Check flood risk areas
To see whether your property or business is in an area at risk of flooding visit the Environment Agency's Floodline site and type in your postcode. You will also be able to sign up to their free flood alerts online .
If you have a watercourse on your land
If you live next to a watercourse and own at least one of the banks you are a 'riparian owner'. You have a responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of that watercourse to ensure that it is not a flood risk to other people or property. The leaflet Waterside Living in Gloucestershire [897kb] explains further.
If you are planning to build anything that may affect the flow of water in a watercourse you may need consent. More details may be found on our Land drainage consent webpage.
Want to know more?
- Flood Defence Products [141kb]
- Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment
- Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
- Surface Water Management Plans
Links to further help and advice
- Guidance for after a flood
- Advice booklet for after a flood
- Flood advice from Public Health England
- Help with mental health issues after a flood
- Food safety advice during flooding
- Insurance advice
- Advice on clean up and repairs after flooding
- Flood guidance for historic buildings
- Self help and flood recovery guidance
- Electrical safety flood advice
- Rogue traders
- Government Business Support Scheme and Helpline
- Business Exchange
- Government flood fund for farmers