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Flooding

Sheffield is at risk of flooding from:

  • Large rivers (such as the River Don and River Sheaf)
  • Small rivers (such as the Porter Brook, Blackburn Brook)
  • Ordinary watercourses; public sewers, road drains
  • Surface water (run-off)

The Environment Agency provide flood alerts and warnings for Sheffield and the rest of the UK.

Sheffield suffered devastating flooding in June 2007 and came close again in July 2012. Since 2007, we have worked with the Environment Agency and other partners to manage the risk of flooding.

Sheffield sits at the foot of the Pennines with fast flowing rivers which means that parts of the city are vulnerable to flooding.  The city’s key watercourse infrastructure is ageing with some culverts approaching collapse putting some homes and properties at risk from overland floodwaters.

The risk of flooding is predicted to increase over the coming century as a large part of the city’s strategic drainage infrastructure lacks the capacity to cope with the combined effects of climate change and new development.

Your Property and Flooding

Find out more about what you can do to protect yourself and your property from any potential flood damage and find out if you live in an area that is at risk from flooding on the Environment Agency’s Flood Warnings page.