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Last Updated: Friday, 10 August 2007, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
City put on blocked drains alert
Flooded drain overflows
Much of the debris blocking the city's drains has been removed
People in Sheffield have been urged to report blocked drains amid a council clear-up in the wake of June's floods.

The council has started its "gully watch" scheme under which its street cleaning teams will respond to reports of blockages throughout the city.

Most of the tonnes of silt and other debris washed into the drainage system by the floods have been cleared.

But the council said some gullies had not been cleaned for a long time and urged people to report problem areas.

Ibrar Hussain, the council's cabinet adviser for streetscene, said: "We do carry out a regular programme of gully cleaning that ensures every street is visited at least once a year.

"However, we are aware that some gullies are covered by parked vehicles and may not always be cleared.

"We want local residents to let us know if they are aware of a drain that needs clearing and Street Force will build it into their programme to make sure it's cleared.

"Blocked drains were not the cause of the recent floods, but we want to anticipate future heavy downfalls that can still lead to isolated flooding and avoid the inconvenience that often follows."

Residents are asked to call the Street Force Contact Centre on 0114 273 4567.

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