Flood Risk Management


In the event of flooding, you can contact the council for advice on 0113 222 4407 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). In an emergency or outside of these hours, contact: 0113 376 0499.

Further information and links to other organisations can be found on the Flood Advice page.

Flooding Investigation Report (Under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010): Please see the Leeds Data Mill for reports examining the Storm Eva flooding event of December 2015 and the August 2014 flooding event in South East Leeds.

Flood Risk Management

Leeds City Council approves Leeds Local Flood Risk Management Strategy - Please see Related Pages for more information.

The Leeds district has around 1,000km of watercourses. We maintain council owned watercourses, clear grilles of debris at hotspots, advise on flood risk, design flood alleviation works, inspect and maintain council owned pumping stations and carry out reservoir inspections. Through the planning process we mitigate flood risk due to the impact of development and we work closely with partners during flood events. We endeavour to be a centre of excellence for drainage and flooding issues.

We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for Leeds under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. Our key responsibilities include: 

  • Developing a Flood Risk Management Strategy for Leeds to reduce local flood risk from surface water, ordinary watercourses, groundwater and small reservoirs
  • Working with other key stakeholders to ensure delivery of effective joined up flood risk management
  • Completing a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA)
  • Preparing Surface Water Management Plans for areas at greatest risk
  • Approving, adopting and maintaining Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) that meet national standards for development (Currently awaiting schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 to be enacted)
  • Establishing and maintaining a register of assets which may affect flood risk
  • Investigating flooding incidents in order to understand their cause and ensure that appropriate agencies play their part in the effective management and resolution of flooding incidents.
  • Responsibility for the co-ordination of flood risk management across Leeds. All flood risk management organisations have a duty to co-operate and will need to work in partnership with us on flood risk management.

Leeds City Council oversees all 'ordinary' (i.e. non-main river) watercourses and has the legal powers to make landowners remove watercourse obstructions. Our Highways department is responsible for the maintenance of Highway drainage systems and gullies. The Environment Agency remains the risk management authority responsible for managing risk from the rivers Aire, Calder and Wharfe, along with other main rivers and Yorkshire Water is responsible for managing risk from sewer flooding.




Grid Maintenancehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Grid Maintenance 20170401.pdf53100pdf
Flooding Prioritisation Policyhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Flooding Prioritisation Policy.pdf13833pdf
Preliminary Flood Risk Assessmenthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds PFRA 2011.pdf6530511pdf

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