Press Statement: Response to Flooding

 

With Richard Wright, Chief Executive of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Cllr Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for the Economy, Skills and Development

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said:

“It is awful to see what is happening in Somerset and down south with the flooding and our hearts go out to those who are suffering and I really hope it manages to get sorted soon.

“In Sheffield we have worked really closely with the Environment Agency ever since the flooding here in 2007 . We have taken clearly effective measures to make sure our city is protected from flooding as best we can.

Extreme weather events will become more likely as the impact of climate change is increasingly felt. These floods serve as a reminder of the need to take real action – and soon. ”

Sheffield sought to strengthen its plans for defences in the Lower Don Valley by bidding for a £10 million increase in funding from the Environment Agency.

The money will complement the £1.4m investment businesses agreed to contribute to the scheme following a Business Improvement District (BID) ballot last year. This private sector contribution remains vital as it finances the ongoing channel maintenance element of the project, which is not eligible for government funding.

The Lower Don Valley flood defence project aims to improve flood defences in the Lower Don Valley by implementing more than 40 interventions across an 8km stretch of the River Don, which was severely flooded in 2000 and 2007.

Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley area was severely flooded in 2000 and 2007 causing massive disruption and multi-million pound damages to hundreds of businesses, power, transport and the telecommunications infrastructure.

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