Goole Carr Lane storm pump capacity increased

Carr Lane interior
Image caption Pumping capacity at Carr Lane is expected to be increased by about one fifth

Capacity at a pumping station in East Yorkshire which failed to cope with floods in 2012 is to be permanently increased, Yorkshire Water has said.

The company admitted last year storm waters had damaged some pumps at its Carr Lane plant in Goole on 5 July.

About 50 homes and businesses were affected by flooding in the town.

Work is under way to install two new storm pumps at the site which will permanently increase its capacity by about 20%, Yorkshire Water confirmed.

The pumps will replace temporary equipment which has been in place at the plant since September, the firm said.

'Significant boost'

An interim report, published in December by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC), found a "failure or fault" occurred at Carr Lane at the time of last summer's flooding, leaving it inundated with water and unable to cope.

At the time, the station was in the hands of contractors from Yorkshire Water who were carrying out replacement and refurbishment work.

Image caption Several properties in Goole were affected by flooding after heavy rainfall in July 2012

Yorkshire Water had previously been criticised for failures at the same station during flooding in August 2011.

The two new permanent pumps have a combined pumping capacity of 1,400 litres per second.

Work is also due to begin in September on a second underground storm main running 2,600 ft (800m) from the Carr Lane plant to the Humber Estuary, Yorkshire Water said.

Project manager Michael Ward said the new main would "significantly boost the site's resilience and robustness".

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