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Flood risk management

Lead Local Flood Authority

South Tyneside Council is a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) under the Flood and Water Management Act(2010). This means we have a number of duties and responsibilities in relation to managing flood risk across South Tyneside. We are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from local sources, including:

  • Surface water runoff
  • Groundwater
  • Ordinary watercourses

Often the causes of flooding can be complex and it is not always the result of one factor.We work closely with partner organisations like the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water to manage the risk.

A number of documents have been produced in relation to flood risk management:

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

The aim of the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) is to avoid inappropriate development in high flood-risk areas.

The SFRA assesses the risk of flooding from all sources, and includes mapping of Flood Zones 1, 2, 3a and 3b.

The SFRA also provides background information for our Local Development Framework and will help to influence and shape planning decisions, whilst assisting with emergency planning, shoreline management and drainage responsibilities.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (Feb.2011)132.72MB

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment

The Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) is a high level summary of risk, describing the probability of future flooding and the consequences of past flooding.

It identifies areas where the risks are significant and warrant further examination.

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment4.28MB

Surface Water Management Plan

South Tyneside Council commissioned a Surface Water Management Plan to investigate local flooding issues. This plan identifies the mechanisms of flooding and identifies opportunities to reduce surface water in South Tyneside.

Surface Water Management Plan Final Report4.87MB

Appendix A Detailed Modelling Report8.11MB

Appendix B Catchment Wide Flood Map10.41MB

Appendix C Hotspot Overview13.11MB

Flood and Coastal Management Strategy

View the Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy.

Local residents

Local residents can play a part in helping us to understand flooding problems by submitting information when flooding occurs. If you have any flooding queries or information, email  

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