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sitenews / Social Issues Jun 25, 2007 - 09:22 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

sitenews

The day for Sheffield, a northern English city started as usual, wet and rainy, yes there have been forecasts for a wet June and possible flooding in Northern England, but Sheffielders felt safe in the knowledge that their hilly city is not prone to flooding.

Not even Sheffielders remember when the last big flood occured. Digging back into history you would have to back nearly 150 years to 1864 when the Dale Dyke Dam burst.


The Market Oracle, based in Sheffield and situated on the river bank that felt the full force of the flooding as the following time-line illustrates:

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -The River Don that runs through the heart of the city was a raging torrent

1.30pm - The River Don that runs through the heart of the city was a raging torrent, but in the near 15 years we have been in our current premises, I have seen this many times before, many times.

A colleague suggests that the river is going to burst its banks, having only been with us for barely 2 years, he obviously was not party to my inside knowledge that it has never flooded in at least 15 years, nor have I known any serious flooding in Sheffield in the 40 years I have lived here. So I ask my colleague to put his money where his mouth is, a bet ! "I bet you £50 the river won't burst". But he won't take the bet !

About 10 min's later, 1.40pm with the waters rising, I venture out to take a closer look.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -The river is very high, now reaching the walkway path which implies that it is likely to overspill

1.40pm - The river is very high, now reaching the walkway path which implies that it is likely to overspill, still this would be a far cry from an actual flooding

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -The drainage appears to be failing in the car park.

1.50pm - The drainage appears to be failing in the car park. Which is alarming because if the drainage is failing then it does not matter of the river bursts its banks as we could still yet get flooding. So I decide to move my car to a little higher ground, out of the car park.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -I am called to the reception to investigate flooding as water from the front of the building starts to enter the premises

1.55pm - I am called to the reception to investigate flooding as water from the front of the building starts to enter the premises

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -Barely 2 minutes later the flooding at reception worsens with the waters rising very fast.

1.57pm - Barely 2 minutes later the flooding at reception worsens with the waters rising very fast. With very little that can be done to prevent the inevitable.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -Within 10 minutes the car park is starting to sustain serious flooding.

2pm - Within 10 minutes the car park started to sustain serious flooding. Given the flooding in reception and the car park flooding, I decide to call it a day and instruct our personnel to go home.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -The front of the building is already flooded, as the drainage system completely fails.

2.02pm - The front of the building is already flooded, as the drainage system completely fails.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -Not everyone has headed the advice, cars litterally start to drift in the car park

2.17pm - Not everyone has headed the advice, one of the remaining cars literally starts to drift in the car park.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -The Reception area is flooded by 6 inches with at least another foot of water building up

2.21pm - The Reception area is flooded by 6 inches with at least another foot of water building up. The building at this point is closed.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 -The carpark is completelly floode

3.30pm - The car park is completely flooded.

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 - The front of the building is under at least 3 feet of water

3.35pm - The front of the building is under at least 3 feet of water, which means the offices will have sustained serious flooding.

3.35pm - The area is completely flooded and infact has turned into a fast flowing river, the nearby shops are under at least 3 feet of water

 

Sheffiled Flooding 2007 - RAF helicopters are called out to rescue people trapped in neighbouring buildings as the water levels continued to rise

Throughout the late afternoon and evening, three RAF helicopters rescued hundreds of trapped people in neighboring buildings as the water levels continued to rise.

6pm - The flooding continues in nearby roads

At the time of posting this article there were two confirmed deaths in the city, one of which was in the immediate vicinity of our building.

Serious questions need to be asked as to why the UK's fifth largest city has such an inadequate drainage system. Especially as the area is under going a construction boom with many developments near completion now damaged by flood waters.

UPDATE - THE DAY AFTER

With the flood levels having receded, the devestation caused to the surrounding area became apparent

The Car park though now dry, is caked in at least inch deep of toxic mud which needs to be removed. The clear up of groundfloor workshops has already begun.

The once flooded reception area is being stripped bare.

The front of the of the building bares witness ot the force of the fast flowing river

Shop fronts show extensive damage with footpaths literally washed away revealing gaping holes that some people fell into on the day of the flood.

By Nadeem Walayat
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Comments

richard sharp
06 Jul 07, 04:10
flood pictures

Having seen all the news footage of the floods over the last week your photos are the most dramatic. Read the article in the Guardian this morning and came to look at your shots. Quite incredible.


harvey grieves
11 Jul 07, 15:11
Thanks for the floods timeline

thanks for doing this timeline. i am doing a school project on the floods and found this very usefull.

ZEPPELIN ROOLS!!!


mark r
24 Jul 07, 22:08
zeppelin rools!!!

I agree - they most defnitly do!!


MKonuklar
29 Aug 07, 02:48
God Bless us all !

God bless us all ! And hope Sheffield people never feel such a negative event again.

However, this event has huge similarities with today's global financial markets. There is helicopter ( Central Bank Liquidity ), ignoring the negative signals ( expanding the monetary base and credit facilities ) as such.


Emjem
01 May 08, 14:05
Flooding

hi im Emily and the reason i am on here is because i am reserching for a school prodject due 2 be handaed in tomorrow!!!yikes!


Jess
24 Sep 08, 11:28
June 2007 Floods

thanks alot im doing a project in school about this and it realy helps xx


claire
19 May 09, 17:39
floods

i'm doing a projet on this at my school as well its for geography tommorow.cheer this has really helped me i have been lookin every where for this info and now i've found it this has saved me 1 hours detention on thursday and 1 hour on friday because its for science on thursday as well.luv u load and load you've helped me a lot you no luv claire.xxxx

p.s thanks again you have really saved me.xx


Aminah
15 Jun 09, 12:54
Pictures needed

Hi there,

I'm a journalism student and I'm working on a piece about the flooding this year and was wondering if you would be willing to provide me some photographs from 2007. I would accredit you for them.

Thanks,


Rachel
28 Dec 09, 21:51
The Floods Of '07

I live very close to the above incident, and personally had no idea of the extent of the floods. Its quite incredible. Lets hope this doesnt happen again, eh?


Helen Gittins
27 May 10, 11:33
Sheffield Floods

Hello,

I have read the incredible article on the 2007 floods on your website. I work for the Environment Agency and am currently working on a project with a children's Lifeskills centre who educate chidren on dangers they may come across in life. We are looking for a range of photos to use in worksheets to show how quickly floods can happpen.

Would we be able to use some of your photos in the sheets?

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article1371.html

Best wishes,

Helen Gittins

Helen Gittins

South West Regional Campaign Coordinator Flood Awareness


Nadeem_Walayat
27 May 10, 11:33
Sheffield Floods

Hi Hellen

Feel free to utilise the photos as you see fit.

All the best.

Nadeem Walayat,


adrian roberts
02 Jun 10, 11:22
flooding in hillsbrough,winngardens

i have about 20 pictures of the estate flooding


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