In a scathing report, MPs investigating last year’s floods criticised the absence of a single agency to deal with flooding emergencies.
They recommended the Environment Agency (EA) should have an over-arching role to provide advice and guidance on flooding, but said local authorities should have a statutory duty to ensure their areas are effectively drained.
“When drains began to overflow it was difficult to determine who was responsible for which drains,” the committee said.
LGA: 'Share responsibility'
MP, committee chair, said: “It is vital that the public can see that policies to deal with surface water flooding are well co-ordinated and managed by key players such as local authorities, the EA and utility providers.”
The MPs also said the government’s£800m bid to prevent a repeat of last year’s devastating floods is insufficient.
In response to the report, the Local Government Association said the government should introduce a legal requirement on water companies and other bodies to co-operate with local authorities to prepare flood prevention plans.