Nicola was pleased to join local residents, flooding campaigners, Oxford City Councillors and Senior Management, the Lord Mayor of Oxford and representatives from the Environment Agency to mark the arrival of a new flooding pump for Earl Street, Oxford.
Earl Street regularly experiences flooding; it was one of the worst affected streets in the County during the 2007 floods, and so the Earl Street Community Association set about bidding for funding. They secured a £20k grant generously provided by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). Further still, hoses and fittings for the pump were then donated free of charge by Stuart Pumps Ltd.
The long awaited pump will provide enhanced protection against groundwater to properties in Earl Street, able to pump out 500 m3 in an hour, and Nicola has long been involved in the project having been a referee when the bid was first submitted.
Nicola says: It is a great testament to the incredible hard work of local residents and the Oxford Flood Alliance who have been campaigning for 10 years to protect their homes from the risk of flooding. Of course locals are waiting for the Oxford and Abingdon Flood Relief Scheme, which will reduce flood risk to over 1000 homes and businesses and prevent Oxford from grinding to a halt, and in the meantime projects like this to protect residents are crucial.