Sheffield Wednesday’s clash against Swansea City has been given the green light to go-ahead despite heavy rain and flooding in the Sheffield area.
On Friday morning a major incident was declared in Sheffield after torrential rain hit the city on Thursday and throughout the night.
The rain left some people unable to leave the Meadowhall shopping centre and many were forced to camp out in the centre on Thursday night.
With the severe weather in the city some doubt had been cast over this weekend’s Championship fixture between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City, due to be played at Hillsborough on Saturday.
The River Don, which flows along the back of Hillsborough’s South Stand, was inches away from breaching a flood defence in place in the area on Thursday evening.
Water levels have reportedly dropped significantly in the Hillsborough area and one club official told the Sheffield Star that are “no issues” around the stadium.
Back in 2015, Wednesday fitted a new pitch at Hillsborough improving durability in adverse weather conditions coming with a good drainage system in place, helping the pitch be deemed playable.
Garry Monk will continue to prepare for Saturday’s clash with his former club where the Owls could move to within a point of Swansea with a victory.
Wednesday are yet to lose at Hillsborough since Garry Monk joined the Owls back in September, and will be looking to stretch their unbeaten home run to five games.
Now that the game has been given the go-ahead, Wednesday fans will be hoping their side can show similar resilience as their City has done to the weather and move Wednesday back into the play-offs.
The Owls have not conceded a goal at Hillsborough in their last three matches but Monk’s former employers have managed to pick up seven points on the road from a possible nine, over their last three trips.
Although the conditions around the area appear to be improving, fans travelling to and from the game should take caution and look to plan ahead for Saturday’s game.