An aerial view of a town flooded

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We are the Lead Local Flood Authority in the area and we have duties and responsibilities relating to flooding from local sources which 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. They are responsible for flooding from main sewerage systems. Visit the Northumbrian Water website for further information.

Advice for Emergency Flooding Situations

  • Contact Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for advanced flood warnings.

The Environment Agency has partnered with the Automobile Association in regards to highlighting the key risks to motorists driving through fords and floods.


Flood Risk Asset Register

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.


Strategies and Policies relating to Flooding

The Environment Agency has published their national strategy on Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management and to complement this please use the link below to view the 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.


Flood Investigation

We have 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:

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Land Drainage Consents

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 [email protected]


Sustainable Drainage

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.

For further information about the long-term plans to address flooding or sustainable drainage please contact the team on 01642 526914 or email [email protected]

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