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 recent weather events, we are currently undertaking investigations in Bollington, Calverley, Handforth, Kettleshulme, Poynton and Wilmslow. Contact us on 0300 123 5500 or Flood.Investigation@cheshireeast.gov.uk to report flooding at your property.

Past flood incident investigations

S19 report - Poynton 2016 (PDF, 3MB)

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