Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment
Under the Flood Risk Regulations (2009) all
Lead Local Flood Authorities were required to prepare a Preliminary
Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) report. This is a high level
screening exercise to identify areas of significant risk as
Indicative Flood Risk Areas across England where 30,000 people or
more are at risk from flooding for reporting to Europe.
Accordingly, there are no Indicative Flood Risk Areas within
Bedford Group of Internal Drainage Boards
prepared a joint PFRA on behalf of Bedford Borough Council, Central
Bedfordshire Council and Milton Keynes Council.
The PFRA is aimed at providing a high level
overview of flood risk from local flood sources and includes
flooding from surface water (i.e. rainfall resulting in overland
runoff), groundwater, ordinary watercourses (smaller watercourses
and ditches) and canals. The PFRA excludes flood risk from
main rivers, the sea and reservoirs, as these are assessed
nationally by the Environment Agency.
The PFRA report looks at past flooding and
where future flooding might occur across the county and the
consequences it might have to people, properties and the
environment. The report will help us to develop our Local
Flood Risk Management Strategy in Bedford Borough.
The PFRA document is available below.
It was undertaken as a broad scale and strategic assessment of
local flood risk and is not intended to be used to identify
individual properties that may be at risk of flooding or provide
details of where and when flood risk management works will be
Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment 2011