Sheffield flood plans up for approval

Flood on the Wicker, 2007
Flood on the Wicker, 2007
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Plans to protect Sheffield from the risk of serious flooding are set to get the green light tomorrow.

A blueprint was drawn up in the wake of the devastating floods of the summer of 2007 – and on other occasions since defences have been stretched to the limit.

The city council has been working closely with the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water to reduce the risk of similar problems in the future.

There’s been work too in communities where the risk of flooding is greatest to put contingency plans into place and support them at times of danger.

Flood wardens have been trained by the Environment Agency to improve communications locally and to help coordinate the strategy.

There has been work to widen and de-silt many of the city’s rivers and the council has been working with Yorkshire Water on the management of peak river flows further upstream.

The end result of all the work is the Flood Risk Management Strategy for Sheffield, published following wide-ranging consultations with local people, organisations and businesses.

The aim of the strategy is to ensure the city targets the main problem areas and that resources are being used to the best effect.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Sheffield is a city of rivers and this is really important for our environment.

“Because of this we also know there is a risk of flooding. As the effects of climate change become more apparent, we are likely to see more flooding, so we need to take action. We want to minimise the impact of flooding on Sheffield people and businesses and also take the opportunity to improve the city’s environment.”

The plan will go before the cabinet tomorrow.