Who does what? - Other Flood Authorities
The Environment Agency is the
non-departmental public body set up to protect the environment from
threats such as flooding and pollution. While local
authorities are responsible for setting local strategy for local
flood risks, the Environment Agency plays a key role in setting
national strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management and
provides support and guidance to local authorities.
Environment Agency are also responsible
for ‘main river’ flooding which in Bedford Borough
includes the Great River Ouse, as well as sections of Riseley
Brook, River Till (downstream of Upper Dean) and River
Environment Agency website allows you to find out about the
risk of flooding in your area and also provides up to date flood
warning and advice on how to protect your home or business from
flooding by following simple steps.
The Environment Agency also provides the
Floodline Service where you can listen to recorded flood warning
information or speak to an operator for general information and
advice 24 hours a day.
To access Floodline you can
call 0845 988 1188.
Internal Drainage Board
Part of the Borough is covered by The Bedfordshire and River Ivel Internal
Drainage Board which is a consortium of statutory bodies
providing local storm water management by undertaking watercourse
maintenance and improvement. The IDB is responsible for the
management of smaller streams and watercourses within the area they
manage. To find out if a watercourse is under the IDBs
jurisdiction, click here to navigate to
an interactive map. Outside of the IDB area, ordinary
watercourse maintenance is the responsibility of the
Anglian Water is responsible for the
sewerage system and the network of sewers and drains.
Flooding from the public sewer can occur from foul or surface
water. Sewers can easily become blocked by oils, fats or
grease, or flooding can be caused by large amounts of rainwater
causing the sewers to overflow.
Further information on Anglian Waters
responsibilities and practical advice on how best to respond to
wastewater flooding can be found in their
Wasterwater Flooding Advice leaflet or by visiting their