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    What is the Risk of Flooding from Surface Water?


    Surface water flooding happens when rainwater does not drain away through the normal drainage
    systems or soak into the ground, but lies on or flows over the ground instead. Managing the risk of flooding from surface water is the responsibility of lead local flood authorities (LLFA). The LLFA is the unitary authority or if there is no unitary authority, the county council for the area.

    We produced the Risk of Flooding from Surface Water (RoFSW) map on behalf of government, using information and input from lead local flood authorities. It assesses flooding scenarios as a result of rainfall with a 3.3, 1 and 0.1 percent chance of occurring each year. Although surface water flood risk information is not suitable for identifying whether an individual property will flood it does gives an indication of the broad areas likely to be affected. 

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