Shropshire Council

S19 investigations

Under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 we, as the lead local flood authority, has a duty to investigate certain incidents of flooding.

When will an investigation be undertaken?

We will investigate all incidents of flooding that are considered to be ‘locally significant’.  The number of properties deemed to be locally significant are defined in Shropshire’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.  We will continue to investigate as many other incidents of flooding as our resources allow.

What information will be made public?

Our investigation will look at the flooding issue and try to establish what happened, what was affected and why.  It will also suggest ways of reducing the risk of repeat events.  We realise, however, that some of this information can be sensitive and we will not share it unless specifically requested to do so.  Under the terms of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, we must publish:

  • Which organisations have a role to play in the flooding issue
  • Whether or not those organisations have, or are proposing to, play those roles.

How does this affect me?

If your property has been affected by flooding, and we have undertaken an investigation, you will be issued a copy of our full report.  Wherever possible, we will use the report to help us apply for funding to reduce the risk of repeat flooding to your property in the future.

We do not issue flooding reports to any other third parties unless requested to do so.