Planning and regeneration Manchester's Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS)


Under Section 9 of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010, we are required to produce a strategy for managing local flood risk, which means

  • Flooding from surface water run-off (where rain water is unable to drain away sufficiently quickly and begins to pond on the surface or flow overland, often after a heavy storm)
  • Flooding from ground water (where the ground becomes over-saturated with water, often after extended periods of rainfall)
  • Flooding from ordinary watercourses (such as non-main rivers, canals, ditches and ponds which are unable to contain their water, often after a heavy storm or an extended period of rainfall)

We undertook public consultation on the draft LFRMS and associated documents between 25 November 2013 and 13 January 2014. A number of comments were received as a result and were used to help refine the documents. The final version of the LFRMS, together with the Action Plan, the Environmental Report and Habitat Regulations Assessment, was subsequently adopted by the Council on 26 March 2014.

Risk is a combination of probability and consequences and the LFRMS will inform how we, and other flood risk management bodies such as the Environment Agency and United Utilities, manage local flood risk in a proportionate way. It will help inform funding bids for flood risk management studies and works, and help inform the maintenance of drainage infrastructure within the City, amongst other things.

Find out more about the LFRMS

If you require more information about the LFRMS, please contact the Planning Strategy Team:


Phone: 0161 234 4681

If you need to speak to someone about a flooding incident, or drainage generally, please contact the Flood Risk Management Team:


Phone: 0161 234 5004




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