Basingstoke: Pump won't flood other areas

Firefighters are telling Heart a high-powered water pump they're testing in Basingstoke won't cause flooding parts of the Thames Valley.

The pump - which shifts water at a rate of 7 thousand litres a minute is currently being tested to see how effective it is for removing ground water.

Specialist teams, along with the army are currently working around the clock to clear water away from the West Ham electricity substation and pipe it into the River Loddon - over a kilometre away.

It's hoped the powerful machine could then be used to tackle groundwater in Buckskin - where 80 houses have had to be evacuated.

Dave Graham, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue, tells Heart: "We are at the mercy of the weather,"

"The unknown factor is how much groundwater is going to come into this area."


Recently Played Tracks

To listen live, choose your preferred station:


  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax


  • Phil Bailey & Phil Collins Easy Lover


  • Duran Duran Save A Prayer


  • Prince Raspberry Beret


Stay tuned...

Watch heart TV

  • Now playing: The best feel good music

Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter