The very heavy rain this morning just to the north of Lowdham all came down the Cocker Beck, reached the top of some of the bridges, and spilled over. At one point Station road was 7 to 8 inches deep, and on Main Street, outside the Magna Charta, it was a similar depth.
I volunteered the services of a 500 gallon per minute pump, to put the water from Main Street onto the cricket pitch (the official flood spill area), and to put the water from Station Road back into the beck downstream of the bridges causing the overflow.
So off to the farm to collect the K2 and the 1938 Dennis trailer pump, and with the help of some locals, and some council workers, we set two lines to ground monitors, and used the slipper suction head on the 4-inch suction hose.
The pump ran well, but the flow rate was limited by the debris that the slipper collected – lots of fag ends outside the pub, as well as the normal leaf mess. The engine was barely above tickover. An hour or so saw Main Street cleared, and another hour on Station Road.
Anyway, everything worked, although the engine ran rather hot as the debris clogged the water takeoff to cool the engine!
Off to Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans Association weekend event near Chesterfield tomorrow.
Here is a link to a video made by a local resident.