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Holbeach Fire Station has one of Lincolnshire County Council's four flood pumps to protect South Holland homes

South Holland's firefighters will be better supported in tackling flooding incidents when one of the county's new pumps will be based in the area.

Lincolnshire County Council has bought two new additional trailer flood pumps and one of those will be based in Holbeach Fire Service. This will bring the county's total up to four.

In June 2019, Holbeach suffered severe incidents of flooding which saw 24 residents evacuated from Lyndis Walk Sheltered Housing Complex.

Councillors Tom Dyer and Lindsey Cawrey with one of the new pumps
Councillors Tom Dyer and Lindsey Cawrey with one of the new pumps

The county has spent £50,000 on the new equipment.

Coun Tom Dyer, executive support councillor for environment, said:"The new flood pumps have been bought by the county council as the lead local flood authority to support the emergency services more effectively when they respond to flooding.

"As well as being better prepared for when flooding occurs, we also have a full programme of flood schemes across Lincolnshire over the coming years, to help prevent flooding from occurring in the first place, with an extra £2.2million to address local drainage and flooding problems."

One of the new pumps
One of the new pumps

The equipment is purpose built to deal with flood water and debris and can pump water out twice as fast as a fire appliance. They are towed by 4x4 vehicles and after initial set-up, only need two firefighters to operate them, freeing up fire appliances and other staff to respond to other emergencies.

Coun Lindsey Cawrey, executive councillor for emergency services, said:"Having two more flood pumps means fire crews can respond more quickly and to more incidents when needed during severe weather events. These are really impressive bits of kit, capable of pumping 216,000 litres of water per hour!"

"The four flood pumps will be strategically located at Gainsborough, Wragby, Alford and Holbeach offering a better countywide response to surface water and other flooding."

The county's existing flood pumps have been used multiple times in the last few years, including to keep key infrastructure running during flooding at Boston Hospital and Wainfleet.

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