Environment Agency admits pumps were out for two hours on Canvey

The storm on Sunday caused flooding across Castle Point. Picture by Danielle Painting

The storm on Sunday caused flooding across Castle Point. Picture by Danielle Painting

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THE Environment Agency has admitted a pumping station on Canvey was not working for two hours during Sunday's storm.

The Agency said on Sunday the pumps were initially out for 12 minutes following a power cut caused by a lightning strike.

But on Wednesday night an Environment Agency report revealed the Croppenburg pumping station developed a fault and was out of action for two hours.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the information was already in the public domain and the pumps were not responsible for the flooding on Canvey.

The Environment Agency has today released a statement saying they had published a statement saying one pump was off for two hours on Canvey Island Town Council's website but when the Echo asked for clarification for how long the pumps had been off on Monday and Tuesday they reiterated that the Croppenburg Road pump had been off for only 12 minutes.

Full story in tomorrow's Echo.

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12:21pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Just goes to show, the truth always comes out in the end, they had told the BBC News they were out for 12 minutes on Monday 21st July, they are liars and not fit to be running anything.
Just goes to show, the truth always comes out in the end, they had told the BBC News they were out for 12 minutes on Monday 21st July, they are liars and not fit to be running anything. sesibollox
  • Score: 8

12:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

sesibollox wrote:
Just goes to show, the truth always comes out in the end, they had told the BBC News they were out for 12 minutes on Monday 21st July, they are liars and not fit to be running anything.
Or perhaps at the time, the person relaying the information didn't know about the delay with the other pump(s).

It's very easy to look back and make accusations but at the time when they were just trying to restore service and try and rectify the situation, the full information might not have been at hand.

Having read some of the other stories, the Environment Agency definitely need to address the issue having people available to restart the pumps. Having someone that's 30 mins away with clear roads is no good when there's an emergency and the roads are flooded.

There must be some people on the island who would be capable of performing this action if given the relevant training?
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, the truth always comes out in the end, they had told the BBC News they were out for 12 minutes on Monday 21st July, they are liars and not fit to be running anything.[/p][/quote]Or perhaps at the time, the person relaying the information didn't know about the delay with the other pump(s). It's very easy to look back and make accusations but at the time when they were just trying to restore service and try and rectify the situation, the full information might not have been at hand. Having read some of the other stories, the Environment Agency definitely need to address the issue having people available to restart the pumps. Having someone that's 30 mins away with clear roads is no good when there's an emergency and the roads are flooded. There must be some people on the island who would be capable of performing this action if given the relevant training? Russ13
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The King of Southend says...

The people of Canvey have every right to be furious about this. They pay taxes to prevent this sort of thing from happening.
The people of Canvey have every right to be furious about this. They pay taxes to prevent this sort of thing from happening. The King of Southend
  • Score: 18

2:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Mattster says...

Love this bit

"A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the information was already in the public domain and the pumps were not responsible for the flooding on Canvey"

So the pumps not working had no impact on the fact that flooding took place, by that logic what are they there for then?
Love this bit "A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the information was already in the public domain and the pumps were not responsible for the flooding on Canvey" So the pumps not working had no impact on the fact that flooding took place, by that logic what are they there for then? Mattster
  • Score: -1

3:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

Mattster wrote:
Love this bit

"A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the information was already in the public domain and the pumps were not responsible for the flooding on Canvey"

So the pumps not working had no impact on the fact that flooding took place, by that logic what are they there for then?
From another article on here it said that the water wasn't making it to the drainage channels/pumping stations as it the surface drainage systems were unable to cope.

This is hardly the EA's fault though is it sesibollox? I mean 90mm of rain in a couple of hours is pretty much 2 months worth, how can any drainage system be expected to cope with that.

It's only now that it's happened a couple of times in a year that it needs to be looked into. If we're going to get these types of storms regularly then action needs to be taken to improve drainage/pumping stations so they can cope with "extreme" rainfall.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: Love this bit "A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the information was already in the public domain and the pumps were not responsible for the flooding on Canvey" So the pumps not working had no impact on the fact that flooding took place, by that logic what are they there for then?[/p][/quote]From another article on here it said that the water wasn't making it to the drainage channels/pumping stations as it the surface drainage systems were unable to cope. This is hardly the EA's fault though is it sesibollox? I mean 90mm of rain in a couple of hours is pretty much 2 months worth, how can any drainage system be expected to cope with that. It's only now that it's happened a couple of times in a year that it needs to be looked into. If we're going to get these types of storms regularly then action needs to be taken to improve drainage/pumping stations so they can cope with "extreme" rainfall. Russ13
  • Score: 12

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