Flood upgrade for Hull

Yorkshire Water is investing £16m to upgrade its pumping stations in east and west Hull and make improvements at its Bransholme pumping station


Yorkshire Water is investing £16m to upgrade its pumping stations at east and west Hull and make improvements at its pumping station in Bransholme.



According to Yorkshire Water, even with this investment, the city of Hull could still flood should it see a storm event of the same intensity experienced in June.



Graham Dixon, director of Yorkshire Water’s environmental business unit, said: ‘The flooding in Hull was caused by unprecedented levels of rainfall and no system could have coped with the amount of rain that fell.



‘Our pumping infrastructure performed well, pumping 50,000 litres per second out of the city which is equivalent to half the River Thames, but we are not complacent, which is why we are making significant further investment in Hull.’



Yorkshire Water said it was disappointed with the findings of the IRB’s recent report which failed to recognise the wider complexity of Hull‘s drainage system and instead chose to focus on Yorkshire Water’s infrastructure, which operated well in the flooding.



Dixon added: ‘Building bigger pumps will not solve Hull‘s flooding issues. However, we recognise the importance of ensuring that our own systems are more flood resilient, which is why we are making this investment. Any long-term solutions for the city have to be determined via a multi-agency approach and we are committed to this approach.’