We have flooding policies and provide guidance on flood risk so we can plan for flooding and reduce its impact on Medway area.

Surface water management plans

Local flooding issues that are caused by heavy rainfall are investigated in Surface water management plans. The plans identify and look into ways to reduce local flooding and recommend an Action Plan to put agreed management measures into action.

View the SWMPs and appendices

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessments

An overview of local flood risk in Medway including surface water, ground water and flooding from ditches and streams are detailed in Preliminary Flood Risk Assessments.

The assessment identifies areas of significant flood risk, past flood events and future flood risks.

View the PFRA and appendices

Investigating floods

Under the Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, we will respond to every reported flooding incident and make an assessment as to whether to carry out a detailed investigation under the terms of the Act.

Read Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act

Section 19 investigations

We carried out the following for the flooding in May 2018 and September 2023:

You can request flood investigation reports by emailing floodrisk@medway.gov.uk.

Local strategy

The Medway Local Flood Risk Management Strategy identifies objectives to manage local flood risk to local communities. It considers all sources of local flood risk such as surface water, groundwater, and ordinary watercourses.

View the LFRMS and appendices

Strategic Flood Risk Assessments

Our Strategic Flood Risk Assessment supports the Local Plan to help make planning decisions. It assesses the risk of flooding from all sources including surface water, rivers, and the sea and includes an allowance for climate change.

It also considers the growing impact of land use changes and development on flood risk and ways to reduce flood risk to existing communities and developments.

View the SFRA and appendices

We are currently working on a new Strategic Flood Risk Assessment which will replace the existing assessment.