Our commiserations to people in Cumbria affected by floods. Let's hope there is no worse to come.
For any DIY enthusiasts, garden shed engineers amd entrepreneurs out there if you Click here you can find out how to build a pump that can shift large volumes of water to other places using an outboard motor and few intermediate technology skills.
I made one myself and tested it in the Congresbury Yeo. It worked very well.
Low head, high volume, ideal for dealing with floods.
Might prove of use in the current situation in Cumbria and in other floodings in the future.