In 2007, Sheffield was hit by some of its most destructive flooding in memory, dubbed by some as “The Great Sheffield Floods”.  This summer, the council announced plans to develop greater floodplains, using parks across the city, so that Sheffield would be protected from flooding.  At the start of September, Sheffield City Council won funding from the national government to put these plans into action. 
The Norton Hammer area of the River Sheaf, is an area considered to be at a relatively low-risk of flooding (Low for River flooding, Medium for surface run-off flooding), however today’s weather has thrown that into question, with the environment Agency announcing at 5:30pm that resident and businesses in Norton Hammer should be prepared for the Sheaf to flood.  Below is a video I filmed outside the Mini Works which has definitely brought the issue of flood risk back to the forefront of my mind.
The councils strategy outlines a number of plans and ideas for the area, including using Millhouses park as a vast floodplain to protect the city. http://www.floodprotectionsheffield.com/pages/sheaf-catchment-options