How the Environment Agency is managing flood risk in the River Roding catchment.
Updated July 2015
In 2012, the Environment Agency adopted a strategy for managing flood risk in the River Roding catchment. The strategy looks ahead for the next 100 years and makes recommendations to manage flood risk in the catchment.
Currently there are around 1500 properties at risk of flooding in the Roding Catchment, many located in the middle and lower parts of the catchment, in Woodford, South Redbridge, Ilford and Loughton.
Through this strategy the Environment Agency has identified ways to alleviate flood risk to nearly 900 properties. They have included climate change predictions in our assessment of our proposals, meaning these properties should remain protected even with a 20% increase in river levels as a result of climate change.
The strategy recommendations include:
- Proposed changes to the Environment Agency’s current maintenance regime, to prioritise areas where flood risk is greatest and to cease maintenance where the effect is minimal
- Recommend structural works in Woodford to reduce risk of flooding from the River Roding and surface water
- Identifying a location in the upper catchment where a flood storage area could be constructed to reduce flood risk to properties throughout the catchment
Read the Environment Agency’s Update to the River Roding Flood Risk Management Strategy 2012 for a detailed summary of the strategy and updates on the work completed since it was published.
Carrying out the recommendations made in the strategy Reducing flood risk in Woodford Since July 2013 the Environment Agency and London Borough of Redbridge have been working together to investigate recommendations made in the River Roding Flood Risk Management Strategy for a flood alleviation scheme in Woodford. Significant progress has been made and around 400 properties in Woodford now have an increased level of protection from flooding. Read the Flood risk in Woodford newsletter to find out more.
Contact To contact the Environment Agency email firstname.lastname@example.org. Other documents available:
- statement of environmental particulars
- post-adoption statement