Sefton Council is a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, we are required to produce a flood risk management strategy. The Act requires each Lead Local Flood Authority in England and Wales to set out a comprehensive view of how it will manage flood risk in its area. Our strategy also satisfies the requirement under the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 for a Flood Risk Management Plan.
Flood risk and coastal erosion are serious issues for Sefton, the Community Risk Register places flooding, in particular, as one of our most significant risks. We take these risks seriously, having suffered severe surface water flooding a number of times since 2009. In addition, parts of Sefton are influenced by shallow groundwater and the flood risk from the River Alt and other main rivers. These factors plus our coastal geomorphology make Sefton sensitive to the effects of climate change. Some flood risk can be alleviated by improving the design and maintenance of our drainage assets, coastal defences and the delivery of new infrastructure projects, others by increasing public awareness of the risks and working with communities.
The purpose of this Strategy is to help individuals, communities, businesses and authorities to better understand and manage flood risk in Sefton. Our Strategy is complimented by a supporting Service Delivery Plan and an Investment Plan. Our Service Delivery Plan provides details of the activities we undertake and the Investment Plan sets out how our activities are resourced and identifies areas where we will need to seek funding.
It is important to remember that flooding and coastal erosion are both natural processes. They occur when specific environmental factors or a combination of factors happen. They only become a problem when they have the potential to adversely impact on people, property, infrastructure, our environment and our economy.