Who else is responsible for flooding in Kent?
The following organisations are responsible for managing
different types of flood risk in Kent. Landowners, householders and
businesses also have a responsibility for managing flood risk
which is explained on the 'Your
Sewerage undertakers & Water supply companies
Flooding caused from public sewers and fresh water pipes is the
responsibility of the relevant sewerage undertaker or water supply
company. Flooding from public sewers or fresh water pipes should be
reported to the appropriate water company:
Agency manages flood risk from the sea and main rivers (main
rivers are identified on the
Environment Agency Flood Map). They also
provide flood alerts and advice on preparing for a flood. Flooding
from the sea or a main river should be reported to the Environment
Agency. Read their flood risk management plans below:
District and borough councils
District and borough councils have powers for managing flood
risk from ordinary watercourses; except for those within areas
managed by the internal drainage boards. To report flooding from
ordinary watercourses, or problems with maintenance, please contact
your local council.
Internal drainage boards
Internal drainage boards are local public bodies established in
areas of special drainage need. They have powers to manage flood
risk and maintain water levels on behalf of their community.
Internal drainage boards manage all watercourses within their
administrative boundary except for main rivers which are managed by
There are four internal drainage boards in Kent:
Kent Resilience Forum
The Kent Resilience
Forum is one of a number of Local Resilience Forums across
England set up to align with the local police area. The Local
Resilience Forum is not a legal organisation as such, but a
partnership made up of a number of organisations and agencies.
The overall aim of the Kent Resilience Forum is to ensure that
agencies and organisations plan and work together, to ensure a
co-ordinated response to emergencies, including floods, that could
have a significant impact on communities in Kent.