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Understanding flood risk at a local level and taking appropriate action can help communities become more flood resilient. Communities can work together and aim to manage their flood risk by forming a flood action group, creating a community flood plan, and considering the potential for developing a community flood scheme.

Community Flood Action Groups

A flood action group is a voluntary group of local residents who meet on a regular basis to work on behalf of the wider community to help to try and reduce the impact of future flood events. The focus of the group can be based around emergency planning and can also tackle local issues, whilst providing a unified voice for the community to communicate ideas and queries to others.

An established group can encourage the wider community to get involved, including not just residents but also local businesses, landowners and professional partners, as they can be important in improving flood resilience within the community.

Depending on the scope of the work, it could be recommended that a flood action group has public liability insurance. This may be available through your local neighbourhood watch group.

It is within the remit of each individual group to decide on its own roles and responsibilities.

The roles of a flood action group could include:

If your community is situated in a flood warning area, you can encourage residents and local businesses to sign up to receive flood alerts and warning; a free service from the Environment Agency.


Tackling Local Issues

A flood action group can invite all members of the community to highlight major concerns and areas where action can be taken in regards to managing flood risk. The group can then act as the voice of the community to communicate ideas and queries to, and build relationships with, key agencies involved with flooding.

Examples of local issues:
  • Creating a community flood plan.
  • Identifying individuals who may need assistance and finding volunteers to help with this.
  • Identify problems with drains and culverts, who is responsible for managing flood risk from various sources and who to report flood risk issues to.
  • Highlight issues that can be raised with your Local Authority, County Council, water company or the Environment Agency by key members of the group.


High Water Common Ground discusses what a community can do, and how individuals and landowners can work together in response to flooding. Find out more and watch their videos here.