Flooding exercise at Rother Valley Country Park

PUMPS designed to protect parts of Rotherham from flooding were put through their paces in n exercise at Rother Valley Country Park this week.

The six pumps were bought in 2008 — after the floods of June 2007 — to offer protection to Rotherham during times of heavy/prolonged rainfall.

The cost of around £106,000 was jointly funded by Rotherham Council and the Environment Agency and the pumps can be deployed to any area of the borough thought to be at risk of flooding.

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Each pump delivers approximately 1,000 gallons per minute — equivalent to around 75 litres of water per second.

If all six pumps were running at the same time they would empty an Olympic size swimming pool (50m long x 25m wide x 2m deep) in about 90 minutes.