10 Years On From Devastating Sheffield Floods

23 June 2017, 08:14

Flooded road

The 2007 floods which brought devastation to Sheffield and left two people dead are being remembered 10 years after the deluge.

Two people died in Sheffield as the city was inundated in a matter of hours during torrential rain on June 25.

Thousands of people were forced from their homes as the floodwaters caused millions of pounds worth of damage amid unprecedented scenes.

As a plaque is unveiled at the Nursery Street riverside park in Sheffield, councils, the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water have highlighted the millions of pounds worth of ongoing work to try and ensure the flooding is not repeated.

City council leader Julie Dore said the memorial "provides a permanent tribute in remembrance of that dreadful day".

She said: "It also underlines the strength and resilience shown by Sheffield's communities immediately following the flood.

"We are doing all that we can to reduce the risk of flooding on such a huge scale in this city and to ensure that we protect our residents, homes and businesses from any future devastation."

The Nursery Street park forms part of new flood defences along the River Don.

The Lower Don Valley (LDV) flood protection scheme, which is due to be completed later this year, is one of six planned for Sheffield.

It involves the construction of more than 60 new flood protection measures along a five mile stretch of the River Don and a programme to keep the river clear of debris.

But some of the other schemes have provoked controversy over plans to build embankments in much loved valleys.