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Oxfordshire County Council is now the "lead local flood authority" with overall responsibility for flood risk management throughout the whole of the county.
The flood and water management act came into force on 1 April 2011.
As a householder you should also consider measures that you can take in advance to prepare for potential flooding. You could buy your own sandbags from builders' merchants, or use growbags, bin liners or plastic bags filled with earth, which can also be effective in keeping water out. Sandbags are not the only form of flood protection equipment.
For sandbags to provide their full benefit, it is vital they are used correctly. The Environment Agency website gives advice on how to build a sandbag wall and other ways to keep flood water out of your property.
Although we had the option to continue to deal with some local land drainage matters, we did not pursue this as we had neither the resource or expertise to do this effectively.
All enquiries regarding land drainage and flood risk and all reports of flooding and near misses should now be directed to Oxfordshire County Council. You can do this by: