£145,000 on pumps to combat flooding


East Riding of Yorkshire Council has added six new trailer-mounted pumps to its armoury to help tackle flooding events as they arise anywhere in the East Riding.

The pumps cost £145,000 in total and were procured with the assistance of the council’s procurement officers.

It is the council’s intention to base a pump at each of its six depots in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole, Hedon, Market Weighton and Willerby and rotate, as necessary.

Two of the pumps working together will provide the same pumping capacity as the high volume pumps used by Humberside Fire and Rescue and are capable of pumping 970 cubic metres per hour.

All six pumps working together are capable of emptying 10,000 bathtubs in one hour.

Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is committed to doing all it can to reduce the risk of flooding in the East Riding and to provide a robust response when an incident occurs.

“Over the past few years our area has borne the brunt of some of the worst inclement weather seen anywhere in the country and we have more than our fair share of localised flooding.

“Hopefully this new equipment, our investment in more than a hundred flood alleviation schemes and our continuing work alongside our partners will provide residents with a bit more peace of mind.

“These pumps will be located at council depots throughout the area, allowing us to provide rapid deployment to required locations.”

The new pumping equipment is the latest purchase by the council to provide a more proactive response to the issue of flooding and flood prevention, with the authority buying four new gully tankers last summer for around £700,000.

The council is also looking to procure additional small submersible pumps for use in emergency situations.

The news comes six months since the worst floods for generations hit Burton Fleming.

When the Gypsey Race broke its banks just before Christmas, residents battled through torrents up to 18 inches deep which flowed through the streets. Many of Burton Fleming’s 363 properties were flooded and more than 2,000 sandbags were used to try and protect homes and businesses. Now life is slowly returning to normal for most villagers.