Franklin Electric donates 34 water transfer pumps for future Fort Wayne flood relief

The pumps, which vary in capacities from 60 gpm (gallons per minute) up to 264 gpm, are suitable for high-volume water transfer and dewatering such as flood water removal, emptying excess ditch water and removing swimming pool water. They are gas engine driven and do not require electricity for operation, which makes them a desirable solution during power outages and other urgent need water removal applications.

“Given the high volumes of rain and flooding across not only much of the US, but also in our local community, Franklin Electric recognized the need to provide an inventory of gas engine drive water transfer pumps to the City of Fort Wayne to combat similar challenges when they occur in the future,” said Tom Strupp, Franklin Electric vice president of Global Human Resources.

“These will be a nice addition to the city’s sandbagging efforts and the current large pumps we use to protect entire neighbourhoods,” said John Clark, deputy director of City Utilities at the City of Fort Wayne. “It is a very emotional and stressful time when water is threatening to enter residents’ homes. For residents who’ve experienced flooding in the past, they know the threat is real. The portability and size of the donated Franklin Electric pumps are a great match for homes that are being threatened by rising water. The recent donation of 34 pumps will help residents protect their investments and symbolizes the partnership we have with a valuable company to Fort Wayne.”