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Pode Hole pumping station has been running day and night to keep Spalding dry




Drainage pumps have been running day and night for nearly a month to help keep the Spalding area dry.

Welland and the Deepings Internal Drainage Board (IDB), which covers 32,400 hectares that ranges from Kirton to Peterborough including Spalding, has ensured that homes and farmland have not been flooded as a result of heavy rainfall.

Officers at the drainage board recorded 96.2mm of rainfall in January which followed one of the wettest Decembers for more than a century.

Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board chief executive Karen Daft at the Pode Hole pumping station (45274603)
Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board chief executive Karen Daft at the Pode Hole pumping station (45274603)

Apart from a two day break, the three marine diesel engines at Pode Hole pumping station were running day and night between January 13 and February 12.

Chief Executive Karen Daft said: “We have records which go back to 1828 for Pode Hole and we have seen weather patterns come and go but the recent weather could be down to climate change. The year before was also very wet.

“If you live in a hilly area then the water rushes down but around here it is flat land. We protect agricultural land and houses.

“Our three pumps at Pode Hole can lift a colossal amount of water.”

Heavy rainfall had battered the area during December when 127.6mm was recorded at the Pode Hole pumping station.

The average rainfall for December is 52.3mm.

Some of the worst rainfall was seen on December 23 which generated a vast amount of water for the IDB.

From December 23 until December 30, the three diesel pumps at Pode Hole along with the station’s electric pumps were running constantly to deal with the water.

At one point the IDB was discharging 17,000 litres per second of water - this would fill an Olympic sized swimming pool every two-and-a-half minutes.

As a result of the storms, the diesel pumps ran for a total of 300 hours in December and then almost double this in January as the rain water drained from the land into the series of channels and dykes.

Karen said: “On December 23, 50ml fell over the district which is a colossal amount of rain while further north they had 25ml.

“The rainfall on that day covered pretty much every part of the district which does not normally happen. No one could forecast what we were getting on that day.”

The three engines at Pode Hole are named after Des Mills OBE, Richard Casswell and John Honnor.



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