Sheffield proposes using parks as flood defences

Sheffield City Council will consider proposals to divert floodwater into parks and woodlands in the event of severe flooding.

An £83 million investment programme to protect the city from flooding has been put forward, and contains suggestions that propose temporarily flooding open spaces to protect homes and businesses, building new flood defences and opening up underground sections of rivers.

Sheffield was one of a number of regions that experienced severe flooding in 2007, with damage affecting homes and businesses.

Cllr Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for Environment, said: “Some of these options are sensitive, including the temporary flooding of ancient woodland and changes to some of the city’s parks which may include the removal of trees.

“But it’s worth stressing that these are only options, no decisions have been made, and it’s really important for people to have their say on how to protect the city from flooding in the future.

“We are aiming to provide flood protection so that the chance of a flood occurring is no more than 1 in 200 in any given year. At present, there is a one in 25 chance in any given year of parts of the city flooding from the Rivers Sheaf or Don.”

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