A team of National Grid engineers joined a multi-agency effort to protect a water works from a torrent that threatened to engulf it.
On Friday (February 7) flood waters were drawing perilously close to Sutton and East Surrey Water’s Kenley Water Treatment Works near Croydon, which supplies drinking water to 47,000 local people.
National Grid received a call out to help as part of its role in the London Resilience Partnership, an interagency group dedicated to keeping the capital going in the event of a major emergency.
With assistance from other partnership members a team of six National Grid engineers from Hurst Substation put up 300m of the company’s flood barriers. This formed a wall standing between 1.5 metres and 2 metres tall to keep the flood waters out.
Others including the London Fire Brigade, the London Borough of Croydon, Surrey County Council, and TFL (Transport for London) were also involved in the successful operation to keep the flood waters at bay.
Steve Bath, Electricity Operations Delivery Manager for London said: “Every day National Grid keeps people connected to their power supplies however in situations like this we’re more than willing to lend a hand and do what we can to help out.
“I’m pleased we were able to do our bit working alongside our London Resilience partners to avoid disruption to the local community.”