Godwin Pumps, one of the largest manufacturers of portable rental pumps in the United States with 24 branch offices and a network of more than 100 distributors worldwide, has more than 400 of its portable diesel-driven and electric submersible pumps working to relieve floodwaters inundating the Midwest.

Within four hours of a Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) call on June 8, Godwin’s Chicago branch manager Jeff Pass began deploying 28 flagship Godwin Dri-Prime 6- and 8-in. pumps to Iowa’s FEMA headquarters at Camp Dodge in Johnston. On June 9, Godwin’s Bridgeport, N.J., headquarters mobilized 48 six-in. pumps to Camp Dodge. On June 10, Godwin sent an additional 20 six- and eight-in. pumps from Bridgeport to FEMA in Iowa.

Currently, Godwin’s Chicago Branch has helped to supply 174 pumps to locations including the Iowa Department of Transportation in Oakdale (43 six- and eight-in. pumps), the City of Rock Island, Ill., (nine 4- to 12-in. pumps) and the Army Corps of Engineers in Terre Haute, Ind. (eight 8-in. pumps and one light tower). These efforts have been supported by Godwin’s branch locations including Houston, Buffalo, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Tampa, Fla., and its multiple branches in Virginia and the Carolinas have combined to ship 20 tractor trailer loads of pumps and related equipment to various locations throughout the Midwest.

Godwin Pumps’ Midwest corporate manager, Bob Spinner said: “These floodwaters are farther-reaching than you can grasp from watching news segments. Having seen it first-hand, we are well-aware that the flooding won’t stop while we load trucks. We moved as many pumps as we could, as fast as we possibly could. The amount of pumps that we were able to mobilize is truly impressive.”

In addition to the pumps deploying directly from Godwin branch locations, Godwin distributors throughout the Midwest, including Central Service & Supply Inc., Heartland Pump Rental & Sales Inc., Lee Mathews Equipment Inc. and Lincoln Contractors Supply Inc., have responded to flood relief efforts. Roughly 300 units have deployed to locations throughout Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Godwin and its distributors have deployed a variety of equipment including Godwin’s Sub-Prime electric submersible pumps for situations including sump dewatering; Heidra hydraulic submersibles for situations including underground parking garage dewatering; Godwin Power generators; Godwin Lights light towers; and hose, pipe and fittings to complete the pumping solutions needed to divert flow.

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