National Agencies

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 different 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.

In addition ADA has welcomed a number of other statutory bodies and corporations, which recognise their important role in managing flood risk across their land and property.

Environment Agency | England

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 through the Flood Forecasting Centre.


Contact Telephone Number: 03708 506 506

Natural Resources Wales | Wales

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 Drainage Districts in Wales.


Contact Telephone Number: 0300 065 3000

DfI Rivers | Northern Ireland

DfI Rivers has powers delegated to it by the Department for Infrastructure as the statutory Drainage and Flood Defence Authority for Northern Ireland derived from the Drainage (NI) Order 1973 as amended. The aim of DfI Rivers 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 8676 8342

The Coal Authority | UK

The Coal Authority manages the effects of past coal mining, including subsidence damage claims which are not the responsibility of licensed coal mine operators. It deals with mine water pollution, flooding in areas affected by mining activity, and other mining legacy issues. The Coal Authority is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.


Contact Telephone Number: 0345 762 6848

Network Rail | UK

Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway – 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. Network Rail works to reduce the risk of flooding to the railway by: deploying flood defences, maintaining drainage systems, reviewing planning applications for adequate drainage, and when renewing lines, building in more flood management measures.


Contact Telephone Number: 03457 11 41 41