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New pumping station to protect low-lying UK homes and businesses

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A new £26 million (€29 million) pumping station in East Anglia, UK, will protect businesses and homes from flooding.
The King's Lynn Internal Drainage board is constructing the new station at Islington, near Lynn, that will help safeguard 1,500 homes and 500 businesses.
The Environment Agency is funding the project that will serve 25 square miles of the fens to the south-west of the town.
Mel Neale, project manager for the drainage board, said four powerful cannister pumps will be used in the project.
He added the pumps were capable of moving 16,000 litres of water per second.
He continued: "The principal contractors, Balfour Beatty, are hoping to complete the installation of the pumps in June. The project includes demolition of the existing pumping station which still houses the operational diesel pumps that date back to the 1950s.”
The station will pump water from a land drain called the Smeeth Lode, which runs from Marshland St James, into the tidal Ouse at Eau Brink. It collects water from a network of smaller dykes and canals.
Manufacturer Bedford Pumps said the new station's pumps would be fish friendly to avoid harm to aquatic life.
The new station is expected to be operational by the end of the year.