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Flood Risk Managment for Riparian Landlords

By Belinda Baker, Parish Clerk Headbourne Worthy Parish Council

Tuesday, 18 October 2022


Headbourne Worthy Parish Council Contributor


HCC's Flood Risk Management

This is the time of year when we need to think about the state of Hampshire’s land drainage network. As the season for more rainy days approaches and leaves begin to fall, all riparian owners (those who have watercourses on or bordering their land) across Hampshire, should be checking the state of drainage ditches, pipes, culverts that carry watercourses to ensure there is unobstructed conveyance of surface (rain) water to reduce the risk of localised flooding.

Please find the leaflet "HCC's Flood Risk Management" under the Emergency Plan section of this website. The leaflet details what responsibilities riparian owners have and guidance on how to undertake this maintenance to reduce flooding from surface water. Please also review HCC's updated web pages on flood prevention where there is a video about riparian responsibility and clearer advice on riparian responsibilities and ditch maintenance:

You can report flooding via the link ‘Report flooding’ on our website or emailing us at

To reduce the risk of future flooding HCC would also appreciate being informed of any planned, ongoing or recent works to install a culvert, pipe or infill/realign a ditch (i.e. an ordinary watercourse) so that HCC can check that a land drainage consent is in place for those works. Please see ‘Making changes to a watercourse’ for further details.

If you have any further enquiries regarding this or any other areas of flood risk management, please visit HCC's website for further information:

Contact Information

Belinda Baker, Parish Clerk

  • 07770 406607

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