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Flooding Responsibilities

Highway Flooding

Nottingham City Council is the Highway Authority for the city and this role includes draining adopted roads and footways, in instances of highway flooding contact:

Nottingham City Council’s Highway Services Team

Tel: 0115 915 2000

In instances of flooding due to a burst water main or sewer overflow contact:

Severn Trent Water

Tel: 0800 783 4444

“Ordinary Watercourse” Flooding

Ordinary watercourses are small rivers and streams of which are not managed by the Environment Agency. They are the responsibility of the owners of their banks, also referred to as riparian owners. If you believe you are a riparian owner you can download “Living on the Edge – Environment Agency” from our Flood Document Library which will explain any rights and responsibilities you may have.

Nottingham City Council clears debris from many of the trash screen on ordinary watercourses around the city on NCC land. If you believe one is blocked or needs assessing please contact the Traffic and Flood Risk Management Team.

Main rivers in the Nottingham area include the River Trent, the River Leen, the Day Brook and parts of the Tottle Brook, Nethergate Brook and Fairham Brook. If you wish to access maps showing flood risk from main rivers, you can find them on the Environment Agency’s website as found in our useful links in our Flood Document Library.

Rising Groundwater Flooding

Groundwater refers to water which is present in the underground strata. Groundwater emergence has the potential to flood cellars, basements and voids below floors and outside areas. This is a natural phenomenon and is subsequently the responsibility of the property owner.

Private Drains and Sewers

Any flooding as a result from private drains and sewers is the responsibility of the owner(s) of the land or the drains and sewers.

The diagram below provided by Severn Trent Water explains the ownership and the difference between public and private sewers.

Reservoir Flooding

Reservoirs hold large volumes of water above ground level, contained by walls, or ‘dams’. The safety records for reservoirs are excellent, but it is still possible that a dam could potentially fail. You can found out if you are at risk of reservoir flooding on the Environment Agency website as found in our useful links in our Flood Document Library.

Life Threatening Extreme Emergencies

Contact the emergency services

Tel: 999

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