Identifying flood risk from ordinary watercourses

For those watercourses not defined as main river we are responsible as the lead local flood authority for managing flood risk.


Generally speaking, an ordinary watercourse can be identified as any channel which carries water at any time, (including brooks, streams, ditches, drains, cuts, dykes and sluices) that does not sit 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, contact us.

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