RIVER/CANAL FLOODING

River and canal flooding happens when the body of water cannot cope with the water draining into it from the surrounding land - for example, when heavy rain falls on the ground that is already waterlogged.

The Environment Agency is responsible for managing the flood risk from main rivers, estuaries and the sea. Main rivers are normally large river channels.

The Canal and River Trust is responsible for maintaining and caring for the 2,000 miles of historic canal waterways.