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The Ministry of Defence has offered assistance to the civilian authorities leading the co-ordinating of support for communities and residents in affected areas.
The activity is expected to centre around key priorities aimed at providing emergency support, protecting national and local infrastructures and providing support and reassurance to communities.
Key tasks are likely to include emergency response, such as use of search and rescue helicopters and specialist vehicles, active flood defence work such as engineering and sandbagging, reviewing and repairing flood defences and the distribution of emergency supplies.
More than 200 personnel will be trained by the Environment Agency to carry out the work over the next 6 weeks.
At the peak of the flooding, more than 5,000 personnel were committed to help with flood relief operations with thousands more troops remaining available if required.
Around 200 reservists have played a role as part of the deployment that has seen personnel from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force providing support.
Major General Patrick Sanders, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), who is co-ordinating the military response from the MOD in London, said:
Alongside the civilian authorities, our armed forces have played a significant role in the flood relief operation across affected areas of the country.
The efforts have been welcomed by members of the public who have been reassured by the presence and support of more than 3,500 service personnel in what has been an extremely difficult time for residents whose homes have been under water.
It will of course take time to return people’s lives to normal but as the flood relief efforts transition to a recovery stage the military will remain available to take on new tasks to assist in the clean-up operation being co-ordinated by the local authorities.
Current ongoing deployments include:
in Chertsey, Surrey, personnel from 19 Regiment Royal Artillery are assisting with the removal and redeployment of a 600-metre ‘Aquadam’, moving it from Chertsey to Kenley
a military presence remaining in Hampshire with a squadron of Royal Engineers constructing metal sheet barriers in an attempt to stem and divert the River Test around Romsey