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Local flood risk management strategy

We are a lead local flood authority and are responsible for producing, maintaining, applying and monitoring a local flood risk management strategy.

This forms the framework we use to engage local communities in developing local flood risk management decisions, and explains how we support them to become better informed about flood risk issues.

Deciding on the strategy

A stakeholder’s consultation event was held before the strategy was made available for public viewing. We invited representatives from organisations we work alongside to help mitigate risk of flooding in Leicester and asked partners for their input and recommendations for the draft strategy.

After the event, recommendations were included into the strategy which was then released for public consultation and later approved by our executive. You can download the report below.

POWER project

The POWER (Political and social awareness on water environmental challenges) project was a four-year European Union funded Horizon 2020 project, coordinated by De Montfort University and involving 12 other international partners. We were a Key Demonstrator City (KDC) and project partner.

The project looked at four key water issues across the four KDC’s:

  • Leicester: extreme weather events & flooding
  • Sabadell: water quality
  • Milton Keynes: water quantity
  • Jerusalem: water conservation.

The aim of POWER project was to create online digital activities  for each KDC, which included a mobile app, social website and best practice archive for use during the project to; increase awareness of key water issues, develop new and innovative ways to share best practice as well as help develop and inform local strategies.

The project was completed in November 2019, with European Commission concluding the POWER project a success. A publicly available social website referred to as the Leicester Water Community was set up as part of the project, focusing on flood risk and other water related topics in Leicester. This was supported by a series of community engagement and public participation events in Leicester.

The Leicester Water Community has allowed us to interact with the local community in an innovative way on water related issues, gain feedback and help inform local decision making. As well as providing experience of working with a variety of international stakeholders within a European Union funding framework.

Please visit:

  • The POWER website if you are interested in finding out more about our contributions to the POWER project.
  • The Horizon 2020 website to find out more about the research and innovation projects being undertaken to challenge societal, environmental and sustainability issues across Europe.