Report road flooding
You can report road flooding and drainage problems to us.
Roads have features which are designed to take surface water that runs off from the public highway, for example, gullies, channels and ditches. Exceptional rainfall, water running off adjacent land or rising river levels can cause roads to flood even when the drainage is in good working order.
Gullies are scheduled to be cleaned out once a year or more frequently if the need arises.
Drainage problems on roads are identified by regular inspections of the network or as a result of specific enquiries from the members of the public, council members or the emergency services.
Drainage ditches adjoining private lands are usually the responsibility of the land owner to maintain. Under their riparian responsibilities owners should ensure that ditches and watercourses are properly maintained in order to reduce the risk of flooding.
The council, as the Highway Authority, can drain the highway into adjoining ditches. However, the riparian owner is responsible for maintaining these ditches.