Flood Library

Flood Guides

Explore and download our interactive Flood Guides, providing you with all you need to know about flooding

Flood Guide 1: Agricultural Run-Off

Want to know more about flooding from agricultural run-off? Download this guide to find out where to get help, support and legal advice; and what you can do to help reduce the impacts of this type of flooding.

Flood Guide 2: Ditch Clearance

Find advice on how to maintain your ditch in this guide! Inside is important advice on what you should do and how to consider wildlife and any legal aspects when clearing.

Flood Guide 3: Flood Investigations

If you want to find out when and how Oxfordshire County Council carry out flood investigations, then download this guide.

Flood Guide 4: Watercourse Management

Watercourse maintenance plays a key role in flood risk management. Download this guide for help with developing a maintenance guide and advice on de-silting and consenting.

Flood Guide 5: Flood Related Benefits of the Water Framework Directive

What is the Water Framework Directive and why is it important to flooding? Find out here!

Flood Guide 6: Reservoirs and Flooding

Find out what you need to know if you live near a reservoir and how owners keep you and your property safe from the threats of flooding.

Flood Guide 7: Funding for Flood Alleviation

If there’s a flooding issue in your community find out how to generate funding to solve the problem! Or why not visit our Funding page and try out the Funding Tool?

Flood Guide 8: Roles and Responsibilities for Sewers

Where do the sewer company responsibilities stop and your responsibilities start? Find out in this guide.

Flood Guide 9: Roles and Responsibilities for Highways

Experiencing flooding on the roads and want to know who’s responsible? This guide provides all you need to know to contact the right people.

Flood Guide 10: Groundwater Flooding

Groundwater flooding can be a tricky situation, but there are steps you can take to reduce the impact. Download and find out what these are!

Flood Guide 11: What to do in a Flood Emergency

What to do in a flood emergency? Stay calm! The answers are in this guide.

Flood Guide 12: How to Protect your Home

Don’t let the flood water impact on your lives anymore! Read on to find ways of protecting protect your home and valuables.

Flood Guide 13: Insurance and Flood Risk

No matter your location, you may be at risk of flooding and need insurance. Download to ensure you’ve taken the steps to get the right cover for you.

Flood Guide 14: Using Experts for Flood Risk Assessment

If you’re at risk of flooding why not get professional advice on how best to solve it?

Flood Guide 15: Riparian Ownership and Flood Risk

If there’s a watercourse in or adjacent to your land then you have a responsibility! Download this guide to find out what your responsibility is and how to reduce your flood risk.

Flood Guide 16: Flood Defence Consenting

Thinking of carrying out works on a bank or watercourse? You may need consent! Read this guide to find out before you start.

Flood Guide 17: Using Agricultural Land for Attenuation

Hard engineered flood defences can be very costly. Why not consider using agricultural land in the floodplain to reduce flooding instead?

Flood Guide 18: Enforcing Flood Risk Management

Oxfordshire County Council is required to investigate all “significant flooding incidents” and work with those responsible to help resolve them. Download to find out more about this process.

Flood Guide 19: Flood Related Roles of Parish Councils and Communities

Did you know Parish Councils and local residents can play an important role in managing flood risk and can attract funding to carry out flood mitigation work? Download and see how to get involved.

Flood Guide 20: Buying a House: Is there a Flood Risk?

There are always a lot of important decisions to make when buying a house. Download to help make flood risk an easier one.

Flood Guide 21: Flood Warnings

Would you like to be warned about flooding before it happens? Download to find out how.

Flood Guide 22: Neighbourhood Planning and Flood Risk

Find out what your community can do to help itself reduce flood risk now and in the future.

Flood Guide 23: New Development and Emergency Flood Plans

As a developer you may be responsible for producing an emergency plan for your development. Download to find out what you need to do.

Flood Guide 24: Fisheries and Flooding

This guide provides useful facts and ideas to help keep fish in the river you love to fish in, whilst helping fisheries stay healthy.

Flood Guide 25: Flood Advice for Businesses

It could take your business up to 14 months to recover from flooding. Download this guide to make sure you stay afloat after flooding.

Flood Guide 26: Impacts of Flooding

Learn more about the real impacts of flooding and how it can affect your property, health and the environment.

Flood Guide 27: Together we can Reduce Flood Risk

Discover how you, as a community, can help to reduce the risk of flooding in your area.

Statutory and Project Documents

Find out more about the County Council's role as Lead Local Flood Authority in these statutory documents.

Oxfordshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS)

Update: Following the publication of the new National Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy in July 2020, the Council is expecting to receive updated local strategy guidance in 2021 from the Environment Agency/ DEFRA. A comprehensive update of the strategy is likely to follow in 2022.

As Lead Local Flood Authority for Oxfordshire, the County Council needs to ‘develop, maintain, apply and monitor’ a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. The strategy focuses on local flood risk resulting from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses flooding. This strategy sets out how the Lead Local Flood Authority will manage flood risk in the future including lessons learnt from recent flooding events including 2014.

LFRMS Action Plan 2015-2021

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) includes an Action Plan, which highlights the key objectives of the LFRMS and the associated actions required to achieve them. The action plan is reviewed annually and split into four themes; “Improve Understanding”, “Take a Collaborative Approach”, “Prevent an increase in Flood Risk” and “Take a Sustainable and Holistic Approach”. Details within include the key action, responsible organisation, funding source and timescales.

Oxfordshire Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Main Report 2011

The Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) provides a high-level summary of significant flood risk, based on available information, describing both the probability and consequences of past and future flooding. The report has assisted with the development of our local flood risk management strategy which has been developed to manage local flooding within Oxfordshire. The scope of the PFRA is to consider flooding from surface runoff, ground water and ordinary watercourses and any interaction these sources have with main rivers.

Oxfordshire Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Review 2017

This self-assessment form is provided to enable each Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) in England to complete the first review of its PFRA and identification of flood risk areas (FRAs), as required by the Flood Risk Regulations (2009). This document therefore provides a 2017 review of the original 2011 Oxfordshire PFRA Main Report.

Community and Landowner Guidance

Explore our suite of useful guides to help you as a community or landowner become more flood resilient.

Land Drainage Consent Application Form

Fill in this Land Drainage Consent Application Form if you are planning to carry out works on an Ordinary Watercourse in Oxfordshire.

Are You Ready? Emergency Preparation Guide

The aim of this booklet is to provide clear practical advice to help you prepare for and respond to an emergency, including flooding. A lot of the information is common sense, but it has saved lives in the past.

Community Emergency Plans Guide

This document provides guidance and useful information on how your community can produce an emergency plan.

Community Flood Plan Template

A Community Flood Plan Template created by the Oxfordshire County Council Emergency Planning Unit to be downloaded and completed to ensure your community is prepared for flooding.

Homeowner's Guide to Flood Resilience

An all inclusive guide for homeowners looking to become more flood resilient. This includes important information on where to find help, a list of flood protection products with indicative costs and a directory of flood protection product manufacturers and suppliers.

Household emergency plan

A template household emergency plan for you to complete to make sure you are prepared in a flooding emergency. This plan also contains useful additional information, local radio station frequencies and emergency contact numbers.

Business Continuity Planning - Self Assessment

The aim of this assessment is to highlight issues you need to consider to help prepare for an emergency, such as flooding, that may disrupt your business.

Flood Mitigation Measures Guide

This guide sets out the various flood protection products and measures currently available and has been adapted from
information found on the “Know Your Flood Risk” campaign website. It aims to clarify the variety of ways in which a community or a property can be protected or made more resilient, and sets out when it is appropriate to use them.

Community Flood Store Catalogue

A community flood store can include equipment and tools that your community can access before, during and after heavy rainfall events which can cause flooding. The contents could also help to mitigate and reduce the impacts of flooding, making communities more resilient. Northamptonshire County Council has compiled this list of equipment as a guide for your community, with estimated costs included.

Parish/Town Council Flood Letter Template 1

These letters provide a template for Parish and Town Councils to ask landowners to clear their ditches and watercourses in order to reduce the risk of flooding in the community.

Parish/Town Council Flood Letter Template 2

These letters provide a template for Parish and Town Councils to ask landowners to clear their ditches and watercourses in order to reduce the risk of flooding in the community.