Section 19 Flood Investigations

Reports for the BCP Area

Section 19 flood investigations

As the lead local flood authority (LLFA) for the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole areas, we have a statutory duty to publish reports of investigations of flood incidents, as detailed within section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

A section 19 flood investigation report is a public statement of the circumstances of a flood event. When investigating a flood we will publish a report of the findings, if:

  • the flooding causes internal flooding to 5 or more properties
  • critical infrastructure assets in a localised area have been affected
  • there are 2 or more sources of floodwater involved
  • the source of flood water is unclear and there is public interest to explain why a flood event occurred
  • we decide that a report of a flood event is needed.

We cannot enforce others to undertake flood defence works to manage flood risk.

Flood investigation reports

YearReportDocument
2021Flooding in the BCP area following a prolonged period of intense rainfall during the morning of 12th July 2021; Hamworthy and Fleetsbridge areas particularly affectedDownload (PDF)
2020Flash flooding in the Christchurch area following a short but intense period of localised rainfall on 13th August 2020Download (PDF)
2016Report to the Flooding Advisory Group on significant surface water 'flash flooding' in Bournemouth Town Centre and Northbourne areas following intense rainfall on the night of 15th September 2016Download (PDF)
2016Report to the Flooding Advisory Group on flooding of business & commercial properties in the Winton area of Bournemouth following an intense, localised rainfall event on the night of 23rd June 2016Download (PDF)
2015Report to the Flooding Advisory Group on significant surface water 'flash flooding' in Bournemouth and eastern Poole following intense rainfall on the night of 3rd July 2015Download (PDF)
2011Report by the Task & Finish Group on widespread flooding in Bournemouth on 18th August 2011 - to look into the events of the day to see what lessons could be learnt and what future long term actions could be taken to reduce the impact of a similar storm in the futureDownload (PDF)
2010Report by the Task & Finish Group on Flooding in Bournemouth, responding to residents’ concerns over the frequency of floodingDownload (PDF)
2009Pluvial Urban Flooding in Bournemouth. Report to the Environment & Economy Scrutiny Panel members.Download (PDF)
2007Pluvial Urban Flooding in Bournemouth. Report to the Environment & Economy Scrutiny Panel members.Download (PDF)