The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 established unitary local authorities as Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA's). Stockton Borough Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority in it's area and therefore has duties and responsibilities relating to flooding from local sources. Local sources include ordinary watercourses, surface water and groundwater.
The Environment Agency has duties and responsibilities relating to flooding from main rivers and the sea. Visit the GOV.UK website for further information.
Northumbrian Water Ltd is the water distribution and sewerage company in Stockton on Tees. Northumbrian Water is responsible for flooding from main sewerage systems. Visit the Northumbrian Water website for further information.
The Environment Agency has partnered again this year with the Automobile Association in regards to highlighting the key risks to motorists driving through fords and floods.
The Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Section 21 requires lead Local Flood Authorities such as Stockton Borough Council to maintain a register of structures and features , which are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk within their area.
The Flood Risk Asset Register for the Borough of Stockton on Tees provides detailed information.
The Environment Agency has published their national strategy on Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management and we are currently consulting on our local flood risk strategy for Stockton.
Other policies relating to flood risk management in Stockton include the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment, as required by the Flood Risk Regulations 2009.
Stockton Borough Council as LLFA has the duty to investigate flooding events when considered necessary or appropriate under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
The Tees Valley Strategic Flood Risk Partnership agreed that an investigation for a flood event, is deemed locally significant and considered appropriate, if one or more of the following is affected by flooding:
5 or more residential properties;
2 or more businesses;
1 or more critical services;
1 or more transport links (Impassable for 10 Hours or more)
All flooding incidents that we are aware of but not meeting the criteria are investigated and recorded, however a formal reports are not produced.
Stockton has suffered from some severe flooding in the last few years; see the Reports below for Flood Investigation Reports in the Borough:
The Land Drainage Act 1991; requires anyone undertaking work on an ordinary watercourse to apply for consent from the Local Authority. Please see the links for the application form and guidance notes. For further information; contact Stacey Moss on 01642 526497.
The Flood Risk Management team are consulted on all major planning applications. It is a requirement for all major development to control surface water leaving the site; the most appropriate method of doing this is through the use of sustainable drainage systems. If you require any further information on sustainable drainage please telephone 01642 526709 or email: [email protected].
For further information about the long term plans to address flooding, please contact our Economic Growth and Development Services Team on telephone: 01642 526709 or email: [email protected].