Blocked gully concern as area floods again

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RESIDENTS and businesses claim blocked drains may have caused flooding which left several properties deluged in Sheffield last week.

Tenants and owners of properties on Abbeydale Road South, Totley, say the area has flooded twice in the past five years.

Last Saturday, some buildings were left under one to two feet of water.

Brian Moran, who owns Moran’s restaurant, said: “With such little rainfall in real terms, two hours’ rainfall is not enough to flood premises like this.

“It’s my understanding that all the drains up Dore Road on one side are completely blocked.

“Obviously, they are not being maintained at regular intervals.”

Resident Valerie Creswell, whose property has been flooded twice, said she was left ‘hysterical’ when water inundated her home.

An investigation into the cause of the flooding is being carried out by Yorkshire Water.

Dore and Totley Lib Dem councillor Colin Ros said: “Cleaning blocked gullies is a simple task and, if the council had kept to this basic responsibility, the worst of this flooding could have been avoided.

“The lack of concern shown is really not good enough.”

He called for a meeting between residents, the council and contractor Amey, which has taken over highway maintenance.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “Sandbags were delivered to properties in the area and a site visit on Sunday showed the gullies were working.”

The council said that the area around Abbeydale Road South is at high risk due to its proximity to streams.

It would ‘always suffer problems in severe weather’.

A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “We want to reassure everyone concerned that we’re taking this very seriously and carrying out a full investigation into the cause.”