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Pumps installed at £17M Foss Barrier project

Foss barrier

High capacity pumps have been installed as part of the £17M programme of works at the Foss Barrier in York.

The eight, 6.5t pumps, which collectively cost £800,000, can pump around 50t of water per second. The barrier is a 16.5t gate that prevents high water levels on the River Ouse entering the River Foss. It diverts the water via a pumping station.

The programme of improvements at the barrier follows the storms that hit the city of York last winter. The pumping station was flooded on Boxing Day, causing extensive damage. More improvements planned for next year include a new power supply and the pumping station’s operation room will be housed on a new, raised level.

“This is a major milestone for the project to upgrade the barrier and for the city of York. The installation of the new pumps means the city is better protected this winter as we can now deal with the same size of flood we experienced last December,” said Environment Agency project lead for the Foss Barrier improvement work Tony Andryszewski.

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