The control of three West Norfolk rivers are being transferred to a drainage board to prevent flooding.
King’s Lynn Internal Drainage Board had applied to the Environment Agency to take over the control of the Rivers Babingley, Ingol and Heacham.
The board, which is based on the Austin Industrial Estate, submitted the request after floods from the Babingley damaged crops last year.
Chief executive Phil Camamile said: “The Environment Agency has not been able to do any maintenance in the last 20 years as they have not had any extra money to do so.
“The drainage board thought it would be a sensible for us to provide the service and take control of the problems locally.
“We want to prevent anything like the Somerset flooding happening in this area.
“Low-lying lands have a theoretical high risk of flooding but the actual risk is very slight because the water course is managed and maintained.”
The board, which charges a levy to land occupiers, will be working with the Norfolk Rivers Trust to maintain the three rivers while protecting the area’s ecology.
Mr Camamile said: “We are looking forward to taking them on. We can provide a good level of service.”
The transfer is due to happen in April.