Sunday, December 27, 2015

Britain: Storm Eva's Unprecedented Flooding

Hundreds evacuated after further flooding in northern England – latest updates

Army called in as flooding misery continues in York, Leeds and elsewhere

The Prime Minister has promised to send more troops to “do whatever is needed” to help people in large swathes of northern England stricken by floods.

Thousands of people are being evacuated after “unprecedented” levels of rain have caused rivers to burst their banks and left homes under water in York, Leeds and Manchester.

Cameron chaired a conference call of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee as ministers worked to tackle the problem.

Afterwards he said: “I’ve just chaired a Cobra meeting on the unprecedented flooding. Huge thanks to the emergency services and military for doing so much.

“Also my sympathy for those affected at this time of year. More troops are being deployed as part of a plan to do whatever is needed.”

He told the BBC: “What has happened - the level of the rivers, plus the level of rainfall has created an unprecedented effect and so some very serious flooding. The Cobra call has been important because we’ve decided to deploy more military resources, more military personnel, to help.

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