Failed culvert will be fixed to prevent flooding

Culvert interior
A view inside the broken culvert in Deepcar, Sheffield [Local Democracy Reporting Service]

A broken culvert in Sheffield is to be fixed to help prevent flooding, Sheffield City Council has said.

The authority said the failed culvert at Clough Dike in Deepcar has been a "significant risk” of flooding for some years.

The repair to the Woodroyd Road culvert is necessary to prevent a repeat of the flooding of nine homes in 2019.

The authority's transport, regeneration and climate policy committee will discuss the repairs next week.

A report said the council needed about £80k a year for temporary arrangements but was instead able to secure £1.4m from the government and Environment Agency (EA) to fix the issue permanently, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

In November 2019, the council said nine properties had flooded, and flood assessments suggest up to 35 homes could be at risk.

The document said an “expensive” flood risk mitigation scheme using pumps and “enhanced response procedures” had been in place for the past five years.

“This has prevented a repeat of property flooding but disruption and flooding to the parkland and roads has occurred on numerous occasions, most recently in October’s Storm Babet, where a repeat of 2019’s flooding was only narrowly avoided,” the council said.

The authority's bid for £1,390,163 of flood and coastal erosion risk management funding and £112,000 from the EA had been successful.

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