Flood Risk Management

It’s an emergency!

If you have a flooding emergency contact West Midlands Fire Service on 999 or 112.

During flooding you should focus on the safety of yourself and others and make sure to stay out of floodwater. For more information visit CSW Prepared.

Solihull Council’s Role

We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for Solihull and as such we are responsible for co-ordinating flood risk management across the borough. We are required to:

  • prepare and maintain a strategy for local flood risk management in Solihull
  • coordinate views and activity with other local bodies and communities through public consultation and scrutiny, and delivery planning
  • maintain a register of assets - these are physical features that have a significant effect on flooding in their area
  • investigate significant local flooding incidents and publish the results (known as Section 19 investigations)
  • comment on planning applications
  • issue consents for altering, removing or replacing certain structures or features on ordinary watercourses
  • play a lead role in emergency planning and recovery after a flood event

Flooding Investigations

As the Lead Local Flood Authority, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council carries out investigations into flooding incidents.

We have undertaken the following Section 19 investigations to date:

Flood Risk Management and the Planning System

Flood Risk Management is heavily entwined with the planning system to ensure that new development is located away from areas that are considered to be at high risk of flooding and to ensure that it does not cause additional risk to those living downstream.

Various policies and plans relating to flood risk in Solihull have been published, as follows:

The role of other partner organisations

As LLFA, we work with a number of other Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) to manage flooding across Solihull.

Solihull Council Highways Services

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We are responsible for fixing drainage and flooding issues on highways and roads, including blocked drains and gullies on the roads. Ditches alongside roads are normally the responsibility of adjacent landowners.

Call 0121 704 8000 to report flooding on a highway, including blocked drains and gullies on roads.

Severn Trent Water

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Severn Trent Water are responsible for managing the flooding and flood risk from public sewers and water mains across Solihull. This includes making sure they can maintain essential water supply and sewerage services during a flood. They are also sometimes responsible for removing surface water from your property via the public sewer system for treatment.

Call 0800 783 4444 to report flooding from one of their burst water mains or sewers.

Environment Agency

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The Environment Agency is responsible for flood risk management activities on main rivers within Solihull (the River Blythe and River Cole), for regulating reservoir safety, and providing flood warnings.

Call 0345 988 1188 or 0800 80 70 60 to report a flooding issue from a main river or reservoir in Solihull or you wish to carry out work on a main river.

The Environment Agency report live flooding updates within the West Midlands area.

Highways England

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Highways England is responsible for drainage of the motorways that run around Solihull (M6 & M42).

Call 0300 123 5000 to report flooding issues on the roads listed above.


Landowners of any kind have a responsibility to prevent flooding from their land (riparian ownership).

A riparian owner is responsible for any watercourse within or adjacent to the boundaries of their land, e.g. a watercourse (river or stream), ditch, or culvert. Legal action could be taken if a lack of maintenance causes flooding.

You can find more information about owning a watercourse at Gov.UK.


FloodRe is the national scheme designed to help provide better access to affordable home insurance for those in high flood-risk areas across the UK. It represents a long-term, sustainable approach to providing home insurance for those at flood risk.

For further information on FloodRE you can download a leaflet or watch a short video.

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