Essex

Canvey Island flood pump out of action for two hours

Bus moving through flooded road in Canvey Island Image copyright Mark Reay
Image caption There are 13 pumping stations on Canvey and one of them was out of action for two hours

A flood pump in Canvey Island broke down for two hours - despite previous claims the system was only out of action for a matter of minutes.

More than 200 homes were flooded on Canvey Island in Essex after 2.3in (6cm) of rain fell on Sunday.

On Monday, the Environment Agency claimed the system was down for 12 minutes.

But it has now confirmed the Croppenburg pumping station was broken for two hours.

Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Essex Fire and Rescue took more than 400 flood-related calls from Canvey Island on Sunday

Dr Charles Beardall, of the Environment Agency, said: "We need to make sure that our whole system is improved and that is what we are working with our partners at the moment."

But he said the Croppenburg station's breakdown would "not have had a big impact" overall. It is one of 13 pumps on the island.

Mark Walport, the government's chief scientific advisor, is to lead an inquiry into flooding issues on Canvey.

Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, who called for the investigation, said: "We need someone who is separate and not involved to come in and say 'this is what needs to happen'.

"I hope that means we can start taking the precautions to stop this happening again."

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