York’s Foss Barrier Failed Because Of ’30 Tonnes Of Water A Second’ – £13m To Be Spent On Repairs And Improvements



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Engineers will have a total of £13 million to strengthen the Foss flood barrier pumping station – which failed because of the sheer volume of water coming down the Foss, a councillor has revealed.

Cllr Andrew Waller said the £10 million announced by the Prime Minister on Sunday to bolster the pumping station would be on top of £3 million which had already been allocated for improvements to the pumps and software in 2016.

The City of York Council executive member for the environment said that after speaking to the Environment Agency, it had become clear that the problems after Christmas were caused by the Foss and not the Ouse.

While the Ouse did not get as high as it did in the record-breaking floods of November 2000, the Foss was higher, with more than 30 tonnes of water coming down the Foss every second at the peak of the flood, with five tonnes a second of this coming from Tang Hall Beck.


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