Last updated:
7 November 2017

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Flood action groups

How you can get involved in reducing flood risk in your local community.

Flood action groups are composed of local residents that represent a voice for their community on flood-related issues. They work closely with local authorities, the Environment Agency, water companies, landowners and businesses and other partner agencies involved in flooding to find ways to help reduce flood risk in their community.

There is no set format for flood action groups, though typically they consist of a small core group who meet on a regular basis. Often they are representatives of residents' associations, parish or town council sub-committees or any local residents wanting to set up a community group.

West Sussex already has 23 local flood action groups across the county involved in local activities to identify and reduce the impact of flooding and contribute to the county’s strategic approach to flood risk management.

Information on how to set up a local group can be found in the documents below.

For more details please contact Active Communities.

Flood action groups can:

  • address concerns over flooding issues
  • be informed about plans for the community, such as potential works
  • be aware of routine maintenance 
  • be involved in discussions on the future of flood risk in their community, such as local developments
  • organise ‘flood watchers’ or wardens
  • promote wider awareness of the local flood risk
  • help reduce the impact on the community should a flood event occur
  • encourage volunteering
  • actively deliver projects to reduce flooding in your town or village.

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