Developing a Surface Water Strategy for London – 1 year on – Nov 2023

16 November 2023

2021 London Flooding


This week is London Flood Awareness week, and this time last year the partnership brought people together at London’s City Hall to hear from organisations across London who were dealing with the aftermath of catastrophic flooding in 2021 and trying to help communities and places become more climate resilient. One of our speakers introduced some ground breaking work that had begun to bring organisations responsible for governance, infrastructure and water resource management in London together to develop a strategy and a plan for how to deal with the risk of surface water flooding.

As our climate changes the risks from more extreme weather events is increasing – this includes things like flash flooding and heatwaves, both of which London has suffered over the past 3 years, impacting communities and individuals across the capital.

The Mayor of London, Thames Water, London Councils, Transport for London, the Environment Agency, the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and the London Fire Brigade have formed the Surface Water Strategic Group and are now developing London’s first strategy and action plan for dealing with this risk.

For this years London Flood Awareness Week we asked the group to come and update us on how their work.

You can see the slides here. LFAW Webinar Slide Pack

And access a recording of the event here. (to come)

If you’d like to find out more about the work of the group or get in touch with them then please visit the surface water strategy pages on