£56m flood defence scheme gets go-ahead

Sheffield Floods'  the Wicker
Sheffield Floods' the Wicker
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A £56 million scheme aiming to avoid a repeat of the floods which devastated Sheffield has been passed by Sheffield Council.

Councillors at the authority’s cabinet meeting yesterday approved the scheme to provide better protection by improving culverts and defences.

Two people were killed in the 2007 floods, which forced several firms to close for months.

Some 6,000 households and 2,000 businesses are deemed to be at potentially ‘catastrophic’ risk of damages of up to £1 billion, but grants, council investment and business contributions will mean new defences are put in place by 2021.