The Environment Agency wants to take overall responsibility to oversee inland flood risk, but admits a decision is unlikely before next summer.
The recommendation is part of 33 made by the Agency in its review of this summer’s floods, released today.
Currently, local councils and utility firms take care of surface water management in cities, while the agency supervises river flood risk.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has set up the Pitt Review to learn the lessons of the summer floods, with the full report is expected next summer.
But Environment Agency chief executive Barbara Young, said: “I can’t see Defra making a decision on overall responsibility until the full Pitt report is published.
“Certainly councils should overseen local responsibility but they should operate within a national framework.”
The full report is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk