Flood Risk & Watercourse Consents

Flood Investigations

On becoming aware of a flood in its area we, as the lead local flood authority, must investigate:

  • which risk management authorities have relevant flood management functions
  • whether each of those risk management authorities has exercised, or is proposing to exercise those functions in response to the flood

We consider that where the following criteria have been largely met, an investigation should be considered when:

  • there is ambiguity surrounding the source or responsibility of a flood incident
  • internal flooding of one property has been experienced on more than one occasion
  • internal flooding of a group of properties has been experienced during a single flood incident
  • flooding resulted in disruption of one or more items of critical infrastructure
  • a single flood incident resulted in flooding that affects vulnerable individuals
  • there is risk to life as a result of flooding

To help in these situations we have a flood investigation protocol.

Current investigations

We are currently undertaking a section 19 investigation into the flooding that occurred on the island during July and August 2021. To assist with the collection of evidence to support this investigation, residents affected by flooding during this time can complete the flood investigation form. A copy of the Form can also be printed off, filled in and posted to us at ‘Section 19 investigation, Planning Policy Team, Isle of Wight Council, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS’

Any relevant evidence, examples include photographs, records of insurance claims, can be sent to flood.evidence@iow.gov.uk or alternatively posted to ‘Section 19 investigation, Planning Policy Team, Isle of Wight Council, Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS’

Previous investigations

Investigations have previously been undertaken for the following areas:

The outcome of all flood investigations will be published below: