Flood incident investigations and reports

We review any reported flooding where people or property were involved. If the impact of the flood was significant, we do a formal flood investigation. A flood usually counts as significant if more than one property was involved.

To ask us to review a flood, you can contact the flood investigation team.

Formal flood investigations

The purpose of a formal flood investigation is to:

  • identify who was responsible for managing the risk of flooding
  • understand what caused the flooding
  • make recommendations for reducing future risk

We share reports with other flood risk management authorities. These include United Utilities, the Environment Agency, and landowners in the area with watercourses running through their land.

Flood reviews where a formal investigation is not needed

Where we review a flood and find a formal investigation is not needed, we share our findings with the person who asked for the review and with other flood risk management authorities and relevant landowners. We also record the review to help us make decisions about future flood risk management. 

Flood review and investigation timescales

Where we have a number of flooding incidents to investigate, we look first at those where the potential risk to the community as a whole is highest. We publish reports in a timely manner.

Current flood investigations

Following the extreme weather, we are currently investigating widespread flooding of property associated with the following dates and areas:

  • 12 June 2019 (Bollington, Calverley)*
  • 28-31 July 2019 (Bollington, Calverley, Handforth, Kettleshulme, Poynton and Wilmslow)*
  • 25-26 October 2019 (Nantwich, Wynbunbury, Calverley, Crewe, Macclesfield, Sandbach, and Shavington)*
  • November 2019 (Calverley, Crewe, Bradfield Green, Maw Green, Burland)*

Contact us on 0300 123 5500 or Flood.Investigation@cheshireeast.gov.uk to report flooding at your property on any date or in any location within Cheshire East, or to submit photographic or video evidence of flooding to aid investigations.

*The areas listed are based on reported locations, if your property/business flooded in any of these events contact us so that the investigation can be extended include your experiences. No address information is reported in our published flood reports, this information is only used by ourselves and the relevant flood risk management authorities and remains confidential.

Past flood incident investigations

S19 report - Poynton 2016 (PDF, 3MB)

To protect confidentiality, we remove personal details from flood reports.