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Rapid Response to Vital Rail Wash Out - Page 2 of 4

Pump operators slept in their cars next to the equipment while waiting for the latest storm to abate before beginning work as soon as it was safe to do so.

National Rail cope with railtrack washouts which threatened to do further damage and undermine properties.

Army Intervention

On February 6th. Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I have chaired another COBRA meeting this evening to ensure we continue to do everything possible to help communities affected by these storms.

“Today, Royal Marine Commandos from Taunton have been deployed in Somerset to fill sandbags and provide relief to the local emergency services, as more bad weather is forecast.

“The Environment Agency has ordered specialist pumping equipment to clear roads, in addition to the extra pumps we have already sent, and they will keep looking at all options for pumping and dredging. In Dawlish, National Rail is undertaking a full inspection of the railway line and working with Army engineers on options to shore up the damaged section: a regular rail replacement service is now in place.

“Across the country another £30m will be spent on urgent flood defence repairs this year, on top of the £100m next year which I announced yesterday.

“I want to reassure everyone affected by these terrible storms that we will continue to keep up our urgent response and help get them back on the move.”

The Dutch heavy duty pumping specialists deliver a fleet of pumps to the Somerset Levels to help shift the many millions of gallons of standing water.Dutch High Power Pumps

The Dutch heavy duty pumping specialists deliver a fleet of pumps to the Somerset Levels to help shift the many millions of gallons of standing water.

On Wednesday the 5th of February, Managing Director Jeroen Van Heck, who had travelled to England to assess the situation, got the direct go ahead from the Environment Agency to ship 13 pumps with pipe work to the flooded lowlands in Somerset.

Four hours later the first lorry was loaded and making its way to the ferry to England. Installation of the first pumps started early on Friday morning. It soon became apparent that more pumps would be needed at different locations and loading continued over the weekend.

At the present moment Van Heck has shipped more than 20 pumps using more than 30 lorries to flood ridden Somerset. With more bad weather forecast, it is likely that even more may be needed.

For more information:
>>> M J Church
>>> Professional CP
>>> Van Heck

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