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Troops train for 24-hr flood assistance standby

29 November 2016

1200 soldiers at the ready

Following the winter flooding last year, more than 1,200 troops across the country have been put on 24-hour standby to help in the event of flooding this winter.

Three battalions will be held at a high state of readiness for three months at a time and can be called upon if needed to support communities across the UK. Tasks could include erecting the temporary flood barriers, providing engineering and logistics support, and assisting with the evacuation of affected communities.

Throughout the year, personnel have taken part in training exercises to make sure they are prepared to reduce the impacts of floods across the UK.

Wiltshire-based troops from 5th Battalion the Rifles and The King’s Royal Hussars are undertaking flood defence training with the Environment Agency today.

As part of the Government’s drive for winter preparedness, the Ministry of Defence has also reviewed the way that the military supports authorities such as the Environment Agency, and made this process easier to make sure they can be mobilised more quickly to support partner agencies in case of emergencies. 


Lt Col Rod Small, British Army Liaison Officer, and Robbie Williams, Environment Agency, talk us through the training.

Flood advice from the Environment Agency

People can check their flood risk at www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding, by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by following @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

Practical advice about how to prepare for a flood can be found on GOV.UK or by calling Floodline on 0345 9881188.

Check your flood risk. The Environment Agency’s flood warnings are updated every 15 minutes: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk

Please check flood risk before travelling and do not not to drive through flood water: just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.

Never risk walking through flood water. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can sweep you off your feet.

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