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UK Environment Agency helps to reduce water levels in flood-hit South Yorkshire

Operational staff from the UK’s Environment Agency (EA), assisted by the military and emergency services, are working 24/7 to reduce the water levels in flood-hit communities in South Yorkshire, following heavy rainfall.

A total of 38 pumps have been installed across South Yorkshire, including at eight locations in the Fishlake area, moving 50 million litres of water per hour to help protect homes and businesses.

Over a 24-hour period, the pumps removed 1.25 million tonnes of water, helping to reduce water levels in the village of Fishlake from 2m to 0.3m, a reduction of 85%.

Around 200 operational staff from the EA have been assisted by army personnel in pumping activities, as well as the deployment of sandbags and temporary barriers ahead of further expected rainfall.

Approximately 14,400 properties have been protected by flood defences, including nearly 5,000 properties in South Yorkshire.

“Heavy rain today is expected to cause river and surface water flooding across parts of England, continuing into tomorrow in some areas, as well as potentially contributing to ongoing flood impacts in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire,” commented Kate Marks, flood duty manager at the EA.

“Our thoughts are with those communities who have been hit by floods and suffered the devastating effects over the past few days. Today we ask them to please remain vigilant and take steps to prepare for flooding by checking their flood risk regularly and making plans to stay safe.

“The Environment Agency has teams working around the clock on the ground pumping away flood water, erecting temporary barriers and delivering sandbags to areas expecting further rainfall. Our incident rooms remain open 24 hours a day, working closely with local authorities and partners.”