The management of flood risk is a devolved responsibility in the United Kingdom. Policy and delivery is administered separately by the governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each nation has its own national agency with a slightly differing role and remit.
All of the national agencies with a strategic overview for managing flood risk in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are members of ADA, helping them make connections with local delivery partners.
The Environment Agency (EA) has a strategic overview of all sources of flooding and coastal erosion (as defined in the Flood and Water Management Act 2010). It is also responsible for flood and coastal erosion risk management activities on main rivers and the coast, regulating reservoir safety, and working in partnership with the Met Office to provide flood forecasts and warnings. It must also look for opportunities to maintain and improve the environment for people and wildlife while carrying out all of its duties.
Contact Telephone Number: 03708 506 506
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) provides an oversight role in relation to all flood and coastal risk management in Wales and is responsible for managing flooding from main rivers, reservoirs and the sea. It also provides technical advice and support, flood warnings, and leads on national initiatives such as Flood Awareness Wales. Natural Resources Wales is also responsible for managing Internal Drainage Districts in Wales.
Contact Telephone Number: 0300 065 3000
The Rivers Agency has powers delegated to it by the Department of Agricultural and Rural Development as the statutory Drainage and Flood Defence authority for Northern Ireland under the Drainage (NI) Order 1973 as amended. The aim of the Rivers Agency is to reduce the risk to life and damage to property from flooding from rivers and the sea and to undertake watercourse and coastal flood management in a sustainable manner.
Contact Telephone Number: 028 9025 3355