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UK floods: Troops learn to build temporary flood barriers

Soldiers have taken part in a training exercise to learn how to assemble new temporary defences aimed at protecting communities from flooding.

Personnel from 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, based at Catterick Garrison, have completed scenarios run by the Environment Agency in Selby.

More than 1,000 UK troops have been put on 24-hour standby to help in the event of flooding this winter.

An Environment Agency spokesman said the training day with the new equipment was "one of the first" to take place with the army, with others planned around the UK.

  • 16 Nov 2016