FLOOD LATEST: Army called in to help flooding victims

The army has been called in to support efforts to protect flood-hit areas.

Saturday, 26th December 2015, 1:29 pm
The Army has been called in to support efforts to protect flood-hit areas of Cumbria amid fears that more heavy rain will fall on Christmas Day. People are set to spend the day putting out sandbags in preparation and flood defence gates have been closed in Cockermouth, Carlisle and Keswick. Cumbria has suffered severe flooding three times this month. The Ministry of Defence said one company from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2LANCS), based at Weeton Barracks near Preston, are being deployed to affected areas on Christmas Day morning. Rain will spread across Wales and northern England through the course of Christmas Day, reaching southern parts of Scotland during the early hours of Boxing Day, with prolonged spells forecast for south Cumbria. The county has already recorded the wettest December since records began in 1910. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "Even at Christmas our Armed Forces are keeping us safe. Once again they are responding to the Cumbria floods with a level of commitment

Armed forces personnel have been brought in to assist the fire service, police and Lancashire County Council with evacuations after the River Calder burst its banks in Whalley.

Emergency crews are dealing with a number of severe flood alerts across the county.

Elsewhere, the Ministry of Defence said one company from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2LANCS), based at Weeton Barracks near Preston, were also deployed to affected areas on Christmas Day morning.

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The Army has been called in to support efforts to protect flood-hit areas of Cumbria amid fears that more heavy rain will fall on Christmas Day. People are set to spend the day putting out sandbags in preparation and flood defence gates have been closed in Cockermouth, Carlisle and Keswick. Cumbria has suffered severe flooding three times this month. The Ministry of Defence said one company from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2LANCS), based at Weeton Barracks near Preston, are being deployed to affected areas on Christmas Day morning. Rain will spread across Wales and northern England through the course of Christmas Day, reaching southern parts of Scotland during the early hours of Boxing Day, with prolonged spells forecast for south Cumbria. The county has already recorded the wettest December since records began in 1910. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "Even at Christmas our Armed Forces are keeping us safe. Once again they are responding to the Cumbria floods with a level of commitment

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Even at Christmas our Armed Forces are keeping us safe. Once again they are responding to the Cumbria floods with a level of commitment that is to be applauded.”