Flood annihilated by Megatron and Hydro Cleansing!
A life threatening flash flood was vacuumed up in 3 hours by Megatron, Europe’s largest vacuum tanker and the Hydro Cleansing fleet. They delivered an emergency solution to the flash flood in the underpass beside Wallington Station, where 3 cars were swamped by 2m of water on the 7th of June 2016.
1 month’s rainfall fell in 1 hour in a horrendous storm, the lightening from which started several fires across the South of London. 3 cars were trapped. One stalled, the next became trapped as the waters knocked out the engines. The third inexplicably drove into the flood water on purpose. One man was trapped in his car and had to be rescued by a passer-by breaking his car window with a brick, allowing him to get out and wade clear of the water bound car.
Immediately a bulk tanker was dispatched from Hydro Cleansing’s depot in Beddington Lane, Croydon with a police escort and arrived at the scene within an hour of the storm beginning. The three cars were submerged. The 13,000 litre bulk tanker began pumping out the water. 2 combination vacuum tankers followed to the site to remove more of the oil contaminated water. As those tankers left to tip the waste, Megatron, the largest vacuum tanker in Europe emblazoned with transformers graffiti fan art, arrived to clear the rest of the oily waste and empty the 60m soakaway. The bulk tanker returned to relieve Megatron of the waste. The engineers pushed the ruined cars off the road and finally one of Hydro Cleansing’s road sweepers cleared the oily silt from the road The road could then reopen 3 hours after the incident. The fleet of giant orange tankers fulfilled Megatron’s heroic reputation and also provided a neat and tidy end to this environmental thriller.
This kind of flooding is becoming increasingly prevalent. It would be easy to dismiss this as a one off act of God but Paris remains submerged and the forecasts indicate that storms will continue to become more intense as global temperatures rise. “Warming temperatures can make the air hold more water – and that in turn could mean a greater chance for floods”, says Nigel Arnell at the University of Reading, UK. Russell Grattan, Commercial Director at Hydro Cleansing identified that the soakaway under the underpass did have some foliage blocking the flow of the drainage. This flash flood exposed infrastructure weak spots and highlights the need for thorough flood planning to be in place.
MP Tom Brake welcomed the expansion of Hydro Cleansing who recently officially opened their new offices on Endeavour Way, Beddington.
Established in 2000 with an initial capitalization of just £800, it is now the South East’s leading industrial and environmental specialists.
In little more than a decade, we have grown into a fleet of 70+ vehicles, using the most advanced technologies to deliver exceptional service. The opening of a new office is not just great news for the company, but great news for employment in the local area.
Steve Hoad, owner of Hydro Cleansing, commented “this expansion justifies the huge investment we have made in revolutionary technologies over the last few years. This expansion is the next step in developing our businesses and more job opportunities in the Beddington area.”
MP Tom Brake will be officially opening Hydro Cleansing’s new office on Endeavour Way, Croydon at 9am on Wednesday 1st May.
Update and photos to follow…