‘Relief’ as flood defence improvements start on Sheffield street

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Homes on a Sheffield street that has been blighted by flooding for around 15 years are to be given new protection.

Work has started on repairing a damaged culvert close to homes on Valley Cottages, High Street, Mosborough.

MP Clive Betts (second from left) joins ceremony to oversee the start of work

MP Clive Betts (second from left) joins ceremony to oversee the start of work

Periods of heavy rainfall had been regularly causing the storm drain to overflow and flood gardens, cellars and ground floors of the homes.

The project is one of the first schemes to take place as part of a wider £56m council investment in improving flood and drainage infrastructure in Sheffield to better protect 6,000 homes and 2,000 businesses over the next six years.

Julie Greaves owns one of the homes affected by the flooding, said: “This is a complete relief. It’s been a long process and I’m so glad this work is taking place.

“I really am grateful that everyone has taken the time to get this done.”

Homeowner Julie Greaves

Homeowner Julie Greaves

Councillor Terry Fox, cabinet member for environment and transport at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am very pleased to see that the work to replace this culvert is underway, and hope that the works will provide some peace of mind for local residents and businesses.

“More widely, of course, this is a very important step forward for Sheffield’s flood alleviation programme as a whole.

“As we saw in 2007, flooding devastates communities and can ruin homes and businesses.

“We as a council are absolutely determined to do all we can to ensure that flooding on this scale never happens again in our city.

“We will do, and are doing, our very best to protect Sheffield from flooding, now and into the future.”

Six flood alleviation schemes are currently in the pipeline for Sheffield, some of which are in progress and some of which are getting under way soon.

Among the jobs planned is a £19m scheme in the Lower Don Valley, which has already started.

Other schemes in the pipeline include a £2.6m project to manage flooding and surface water from planned developments on the Manor and Arbourthorne estates, and a £2m flood alleviation scheme on the upper Blackburn Brook, which is designed to benefit homes and businesses in Chapeltown and Ecclesfield.

More than £12m of work is planned for the River Sheaf and Porter Brook, while an £11.9m flood alleviation scheme is to take place in the Upper Don area, including the Rivers Loxley and Little Don.