Sheffield Wednesday preseason in doubt over floods

Sheffield Wednesday's pre-season programme on home turf is in doubt after severe flooding left Hillsborough submerged under deep water.

Monsoon conditions in the local area forced the stadium's closure, leaving some areas of the stadium, including the pitch, under 6ft of water.

A club spokesman said: "We're waiting for the assistance of the fire service to get the water pumped away, then we can assess the damage to the playing surface and the undersoil heating.

"We're maybe looking at the cancellation of the pre-season game against Birmingham on August 4, but we're still five weeks away from the first home game of the new season on August 11.

"That gives us an extra two weeks to get ready, but until the water is cleared off the pitch we won't know the full extent of the damage."

The River Don, which flows right past the Championship club's ground, burst its banks leaving the immediate area without electricity and working telephone lines.