New water pumps ready to spring into action to protect properties if required

Hull’s new water pumps in action
Hull’s new water pumps in action during a test earlier this week.

Specialist equipment to help protect the city from flooding has been brought to Hull.

Three new water pumps have been purchased by Hull City Council to help pump out excess water in the event of flooding.

It comes after the city experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall during September, October and December last year, and the recent effects of Storm Ciara and Dennis.

The brand new pumps are mobile which means they can be transported to all parts of the city to help move water and to minimise the impact of flooding.

Councillor Mike Thompson, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, communities and environment at Hull City Council, said: “These brand new pumps will help our teams to clear standing water, similar to those used at the Ennerdale cycle track and the Spring Bank water leak just before Christmas.

“They are invaluable pieces of equipment that will help to assist our permanent pumping stations located around the city.”

Hull is a city built around water. Land along the Humber estuary and River Hull has been raised to provide some protection from tidal and river flooding.  However, the threat of heavy rainfall still remains as the city is shaped like a bowl, meaning water can pool in the low spots and has no way to flow out.

It comes after Yorkshire Water recently invested £16m into their Bransholme pumping station, reducing the risk of flooding to 15,000 properties.

[Kiran Ghuman – Hull City Council]

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