Somerset Storms - Repairing the Damage

75 to 160kw VSD Panel

Many areas of the UK have recently been experiencing unusually high levels of rainfall, leading to several instances of severe flooding. At the time of writing, there are more than 190 flood warnings and alerts in place around the country, two of which are in Somerset which is one of the worst-hit locations. Ralspeed are proud to have supplied a selection of variable speed panels directly to the relief effort, allowing floodwater-removal pumps to function at their optimal level.

Somerset is particularly vulnerable to the effects of flooding due to its location, bordered by the Bristol Channel and the rivers Avon and Severn. An area that has been particularly badly-hit is the Somerset Levels, a wetland that is also known as Somerset Moors, where prolonged and intense storms have been occurring. The extreme weather here is reflective of conditions experienced elsewhere in the country; this winter has been the wettest in more than a hundred years according to the Met Office.

The figures released by the Met Office show that the United Kingdom has received 19.2 inches of rain this winter, more than any other year since 1910. Almost every region in the country has seen higher-than-average rainfall, with at least six areas breaking previous records. Unfortunately, more unsettled and extreme weather is due to hit the UK soon, as reported by the Environment Agency, who also stated that the "risk of flooding will be slow to disappear".

The government has promised to offer as much support as is necessary to victims of flooding, including 100% business rates relief for the next three months for flooded company premises and council tax rebates to homeowners and tenants. Guarantees of reimbursement have been provided to councils in order that the relief effort can commence immediately. In Somerset, work has already begun to remove the millions of litres of floodwater.

A contractor involved with the relief efforts approached Ralspeed seeking two 160kW variable speed control panels on a hire basis which we were happy to quickly provide. The panels were couriered directly to the worst-hit area of Somerset where they have been providing a consistently-professional service since.

Our hire service is perfectly designed for incidents such as the recent heavy flooding in Somerset. The fleet is thoroughly maintained and guaranteed to offer the best solution at the most competitive price, providing instant and lasting results for as long as is necessary.

For more information on our superlative range of soft starters, variable speed drives and control gear for sale or hire, please contact the Ralspeed team on 01254 582345 or email sales@ralspeed.com.

21st February 2014, 2:50
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