UK weather: Military personnel to help with floods
8 February 2014 Last updated at 22:25 GMT
Soldiers are helping to lay down sandbags outside the Pingewood substation a few miles from their barracks in Reading - in an attempt to halt the relentless progress of flood water.
More soldiers will fill up bags from a supply of sand at Chieveley.
Lieutenant Colonel James Bryant told the BBC's Nick Beake that all the soldiers were reservists.