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Sheffield residents benefit from partnership flood investment

Residents in the Chapeltown area of Sheffield will soon be better protected from flooding after major investment by Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Water.
Homes on Falding Street have been badly affected by floods in the past, most notably during the 2007 floods that caused widespread damage throughout the city. One of the main causes of the flooding is a culverted watercourse that runs through Yorkshire Water’s land at the end of Falding Street. The partnership investment scheme will upgrade the culvert by extending it to give it an extra outfall into Blackburn Brook and ultimately give it more capacity to cope with flood waters. The upgraded culvert will mean less storm water will be flowing into the public sewers and will help to ease pressure on them also.
Representatives from Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Water met with Cabinet Minister for Environment at Sheffield City Council, Bryan Lodge, and local ward councillor Steve Wilson to show them the work and how it will help reduce flood risk in the area. 
Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environmen said: “During times of heavy rainfall over the past few years, several terraced homes in Falding Street, Chapeltown, have been subject to serious flooding.  
“Investigations by Sheffield City Council and Amey found that the flooding comes from a large culverted watercourse which passed beneath the railway.  
“Over recent years, as rainfall intensities and development in Chapeltown has increased, the watercourse has become unable to cope with the demand.
“To overcome this, Sheffield City Council and Amey have installed a large overflow pipe, which will provide more capacity and allow flows to discharge into the Blackburn Brook main river instead of the street.  
“Throughout this project, we have been working closely with residents and Yorkshire Water. We are also grateful to Yorkshire Water, who have contributed £25,000 towards the total £90,000 cost of the project.”
 Yorkshire Water’s Flood Risk Engineer, Eve Pierrepont, said: “Working in partnership with other agencies is key to helping reduce flood risk across Yorkshire and this scheme is testament to how important this is. Without joining forces with Sheffield City Council, we wouldn’t have been able to deliver this scheme on our own, and vice versa. By contributing financially and by transferring land we were able to help play our part in reducing flood risk in Sheffield.”

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