Events to mark flood disaster

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SCHOOLS and community groups are set to be involved in a series of special events to mark the 150th anniversary of the Great Sheffield Flood which killed 270 people and destroyed 800 houses.

The disaster occurred in March 1864 when the newly constructed Dale Dyke dam, at Bradfield, collapsed in a severe storm allowing 700 million gallons of water to sweep down the Loxley Valley and through the centre of Sheffield.

Bodies were later found in the River Don as far away as Doncaster.

Events to mark the 150th anniversary, in two years’ time, are being planned by Bradfield Parish Council, which is investigating where it can apply for funding to cover the cost.

Possible sources for cash include the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Bradfield Parish Council clerk, Teresa Bisatt, said: “The council felt that this should be a community event with councillors participating.

“It is proposed including groups, schools and individuals and a special meeting is to be called to discuss what should be done to mark the 150th anniversary.”