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It's all hands to the pump to test flood defence expertise
7:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
IN a flood, these men could save your life.
They are the Environment Agency (EA) workers who know how to operate this floodwater pump.
On Thursday, they were topping up their skills by the Thames at Osney lock.
They can get the pump, worth tens of thousands of pounds, off a lorry and operational in five minutes.
In an emergency, they can pump water hundreds of metres away from homes.
Barry Russell, 44, from Marlow, the EA’s West Thames operations manager, joined EA workers from Kent for the drill.
He said: “During a flood you may get to the point, as we did in 2007, where all the people we have get exhausted.
“Then you need to call in people from neighbouring regions.”
During the practice session, engineers also tested defences stored in the Osney depot. The aluminium frames can be placed roadside to provide a flood barrier.
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