Pumps boost Hull flood defence

Published: Wednesday 30th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Thousands of homes in Hull are to be protected from flash flooding by a set of six huge new pumps, it has been announced.

The Archimedes pumps, which are being installed at the Bransholme pumping station, will be able to cope with an Olympic-sized swimming pool’s worth of water every few seconds.

Yorkshire Water says the pumps, being fitted as part of a £16 million flood prevention project, will provide added protection to around 15,000 homes in the Bransholme and Kingswood areas.

In 2007 just under 10,000 homes in and near Hull were hit by flooding when the pumping station failed after heavy rainfall.

Each of the new screw pumps, which have been brought to Hull from the Netherlands, weighs 45 tonnes, are 28 metres long and have a diameter of four metres.

Once installed they will quadruple the Bransholme station’s pumping capacity, lifting water out of surface drains for storage in a huge lagoon before being released back into the River Hull when the water level drops.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 30th September 2015 by The News Editor

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