Our responsibilities and strategies
Hampshire County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the County
- Our responsibilities
We are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from:
- surface water (rainfall) runoff - flows over surfaces such as roads, roofs and patios that cannot absorb water
- ordinary watercourses - smaller, non-main rivers and water bodies. These include rivers, streams, ditches, drains, cuts, culverts, dikes, and sluices
- groundwater - caused when heavy or prolonged rainfall makes the water table rise above its normal level
- Plans in place to manage flood risk
We undertake our role by preparing plans and strategies to manage flood risk. Our key plan is the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.
Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs) - includes:
- draft surface water management plan for Eastleigh Borough Council
- draft surface water management plan for Rushmoor Borough Council
- Strategic Flood and Water Management Board
The Partnership Board includes representatives from:
- Hampshire County Council
- water companies
- The Environment Agency
- adjoining LLFAs (Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight)
- district councils
- parish councils
- the two national parks in Hampshire
The board is supported by a Technical Delivery Group. This group provides a forum for sharing best practice and guiding flood risk management work.
See the Working with partners section.
Regional Flood and Coastal Committees
Hampshire County Council also work with Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs). They have an important role to play in allocating government funding for flood defence and mitigation schemes.