A plan to manage flood risk in Croydon over the next five years has been approved after Caterham Bourne and Brighton Road and Purley have flooded.

Under The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 – which aims to reduce flooding by extreme weather and climate change through local authority action – Croydon Council has a legal duty for how it will work with other agencies to reduce the risk of flooding.

The biggest sources of flooding in Croydon are surface water and groundwater flooding.

Caterham Bourne has experienced groundwater flooding, and Brighton Road and Purley are most vulnerable to surface water flooding.

Dozens of residents gave their views on Croydon’s draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for 2023-28 by taking part in a survey that ran over the summer of 2023.

The report mentioned that Croydon should get ready for the impacts of climate change.

It also mentioned that Croydon needs to make improvements to the drainage systems and talked about ways to get funding for these projects.

Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon, said: "I really appreciate all the feedback we were able to collect from residents to get this plan together.

“It is so important to have a clear understanding of flooding in Croydon so we can be ready to respond and make improvements to our infrastructure.

“We’ve experienced flooding in parts of our borough before, so it’s important that all agencies in Croydon are working together to manage any risk, and that we are properly prepared for any emergencies.”