A plan to manage flood risk in the borough over the next five years has been approved at a recent cabinet meeting (Wednesday 31 January).
As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Croydon Council have a legal duty under The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 to plan for how it will work with other agencies and organisations to reduce the risk of flooding. The Act aims to reduce flood risk associated with increasingly extreme weather and climate change through local authority action.
Sources of flooding in Croydon that carry the most significant risk are surface water and groundwater flooding. Areas impacted by groundwater flooding has been associated with the Caterham Bourne, in the south of the borough; and the areas most susceptible to surface water flooding are Brighton Road and Purley.
Dozens of residents gave their views on Croydon’s draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for 2023-28 by taking part in a survey that ran over the summer.
Key findings in the report include: a need to prepare for the effects of climate change, drainage improvements, and strategies to attract available funding. Details of the report are available to read on the council webite.
“I really appreciate all the feedback we were able to collect from residents to get this plan together. It is so important to have a clear understanding of flooding in Croydon so we can be ready to respond, and make improvements to our infrastructure.
“We’ve experienced flooding in parts of our borough before, so it’s important that all agencies in Croydon are working together to manage any risk, and that we are properly prepared for any emergencies.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon
For more information about flood management and reporting in Croydon, visit the council website.