Bracknell Forest Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). We are required to investigate flooding incidents under the Flood and Water Management Act, Section 19 (S19).
We will do a S19 investigation where there is:
- a risk to life as a result of flooding
- internal flooding of 1 property experienced on more than 1 occasion - this does not include the flooding of gardens and garages
- internal flooding of 2 properties or more during 1 flood incident - this does not include the flooding of gardens and garages
- flooding of critical local infrastructure such as major or principal routes
- uncertainty surrounding the source or responsibility of a flood incident
These criteria are used as a guide. They do not mean we will complete a detailed investigation for publication. We will decide whether it is proportionate and appropriate to launch an investigation into a flood event.
Incidents which may only need a limited investigation
S19 investigations will not usually be needed in the case of flooding incidents:
- that are small scale
- where the relevant flood risk management authority is clear
- where the relevant flood risk management authority is taking actions to fix the incident
Incidents more likely to need an S19 investigation
S19 investigations are more likely to be needed in the case of flooding incidents:
- that are large scale
- where the relevant flood risk management authorities are unclear
- where a number of risk management authorities are involved
In such circumstances we will work with the risk management authorities involved and may prepare a detailed report.
As the LLFA, we are proactive in investigating all flooding incidents. We speak with all stakeholders in proposing and implementing solutions. We will not publish the findings of all investigations in a public forum but will share with the professional partners.
As the Highway Authority, we also continue to investigate flooding on the highway, but will not publish the findings of such investigations.