Rivelin flood storage areas

Upper Don catchment

Creating temporary storage areas to hold back flood water will reduce the height of new flood defences required through the city.

Two locations along the Rivelin Valley are being considered for providing temporary flood storage. New embankments would be constructed across the River Rivelin, that would hold back water for a short period during significant storm events.

Option considerations

  • The embankments would be designed to minimise the impact on the local landscape.

  • Some diversions would be required to footpaths but we would ensure access is maintained during and after construction, and improve access where possible.

  • We would minimise impacts on Ancient Woodland habitats and trees and identify opportunities for tree planting, habitat creation and improving the environment.

  • We would carefully consider the impact of the work on nearby historic buildings and features.

  • We would carefully consider and minimise the short and long term impacts on allotments.


potential volume of temporary storage created (roughly equivalent to 130 Olympic swimming pools)

1.5 metres

potential reduction in downstream flood levels*

* in the River Loxley at Bradfield Road. These would also reduce water levels on the River Don through the city centre.