Flood misery set to go on for Sheffield residents

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For the past 26 years every time it rains residents in Midhurst Road, Fox Hill, Sheffield, fear their homes will be flooded.

This year the council promised they could relax it wouldn’t happen - because at last a faulty culvert which was causing the problem was going to be rectified.

Robert Staniforth, of Midhurst Road, Birley Carr, who has his door constantly sandbagged against flooding caused by a culvert outside his home.

Robert Staniforth, of Midhurst Road, Birley Carr, who has his door constantly sandbagged against flooding caused by a culvert outside his home.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, told The Star £15,000 had been put aside and work was due to start in late August.

But as November fast approaches, and with the rain pouring down, workmen are nowhere to be seen.

And Robert Staniforth, aged 60, says it’s no surprise.

“This has been going on for 26 years,” he said. “They have not even had the courtesy to write to me or other residents about this as they promised.

“I am 61 in a few weeks and suffer a chronic pulmonary lung condition and have to attend rehabilitation clinic once a week. I am also in the process of being referred to rehab for chronic fatigue and muscular problems.

“How do they expect me in my state of health and at my age to keep carting sandbags about?”

Graeme Symonds, Network Director for Streets Ahead contractor Amey, who are carrying out the work, said: “We apologise for the delay to this scheme and for any concern it has caused to residents.

“Because this is a complex problem involving a number of factors we felt it was important to carry out further investigations so we can design the best solution.

“We are now planning to start work next March and will keep Mr Staniforth updated on timescales.

“We hope the work we carry out on the culvert and local drains will help alleviate the risk of flooding.”