Flooding has a significant impact on the people and economy of Oxfordshire. While it is not possible to prevent all possible local flooding, the relevant authorities, local communities and businesses can work together to reduce the risk and minimise the damage it can cause.
Oxfordshire County Council is the lead Local Flood Authority and has a legal duty under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 to “develop, maintain, apply and monitor” a flood risk management strategy.
They have a public consultation to gather views on the draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Oxfordshire, which:
- Sets procedures for identifying the relative priorities of measures for reducing local flood risk (i.e. from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses such as rivers
- Establishes how to identify areas where a ‘holistic approach’ to flood risk management will achieve multiple benefits
- Establishes how to identify affordable measures for implementation to agreed time frames Facilitates engagement and consultation with the community and all our partners
- Encourages public awareness and self-help where appropriate.