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Identifying flood risk from ordinary watercourses

We are responsible as the lead local flood authority for managing flood risk for watercourses not defined as a main river. 

An ordinary watercourse can usually be identified as any channel which carries water at any time (including brooks, streams, ditches, drains, cuts, dykes and sluices) that isn't on the list of defined main rivers.

A channel is still defined as a watercourse even if it does not flow all year, or if it only flows during storm conditions.


If you have any concerns or would like to raise a flooding issue about an ordinary watercourse near to your property, please contact us:

We also give advice on that watercourse or help to find a solution to the flooding problems you may be facing.