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Flood Risk Management

Responding to, and protecting against, flooding

The management of flood risk is shared by a number of risk management authorities in West Berkshire, each with different responsibilities, powers and duties.

West Berkshire Council is the lead local authority for West Berkshire. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 gives lead local authorities powers and duties for local flooding and flood risk management.

These powers and duties include:

  • a duty to investigate flooding
  • a duty to produce and maintain a doc icon Local Flood Risk Management Strategy [13Mb]
  • a duty to maintain a register of significant flood defence structures and features
  • powers to regulate ordinary watercourses
  • a role to promote sustainable drainage

We are also a Category 1 Responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and are responsible for preparing emergency plans that detail how we will respond to a major flood incident.  You can read more about how we plan for emergencies online.


As a Highway Authority, we also have a responsibility for providing and maintaining highway drainage under the Highways Act 1980.

You can report flooding on the road online if it's located within our district boundary.


Thames Water are responsible for public sewer systems, including managing the risk of sewer flooding, whether from clean water or foul water systems.


The Environment Agency is responsible for managing main rivers, and provides flood warnings and response to any incident from the main rivers in West Berkshire.

Winter Floods 2014

From December 2013 to March 2014 West Berkshire, like many other parts of the county, experienced an unprecedented period of wet weather. This resulted in significant flooding in many parts of the district from different sources including, rivers, groundwater and public sewers. At least 181 homes and businesses were flooded and the rain caused widespread disruption to parts of the highway network.

You can find resources and advice on our 2014 Floods page. 

You can download thepdf icon Winter Floods 2014 Flood Investigation Reports [1Mb] and accompanying pdf icon Winter Floods 2014 Flood Investigation Report Plans [102Mb] for the affected Parishes.

September Flooding 2016

On 15 and 16 September 2016, a high-intensity storm caused surface water flooding in the Newbury area.  The flooding affected residential and commercial properties, Newbury railway station and many parts of the highway network around the Newbury area.

You can download the pdf icon September 2016 Flood Investigtion Report [1Mb] and accompanying pdf icon September 2016 Flood Investigation Plans [4Mb] for this incident.


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