Who is responsible for what?
• The owner of a property is responsible for protecting their own property against flooding. If you are a tenant it will be your landlord who has this responsibility.
• The Environment Agency is responsible for flooding from rivers.
• Essex County Council Highways Department has the responsibility to ensure that the roads in the District are kept free from flood water as far as reasonably practicable.
• Braintree District Council MAY be able to offer advice regarding localised flooding from ditches, pipes and culverts.
• Essex County Council can take legal action against landowners to resolve flooding issues, where legal intervention is required.
Local councils do not have a legal obligation to store and provide the public with sandbags. If your property is susceptible to flooding you should be prepared to protect your property using a variety of flood protection products. Advice and guidance on many types of flood protection products can be found at National Flood Forum.
In a flood situation the emergency services, local authorities and utility services will try to help where they can, but ultimately the responsibility to protect a property against flooding lies with the owner.