Army deployed over Christmas flooding fears

The Army has been deployed to help protect flood-hit areas of Cumbria on Christmas Day amid fears of more heavy rain.

The Government's emergency Cobra committee held a meeting today as people started putting out sandbags in preparation.

Up to six inches of rain is expected in Cumbria - which has already suffered the wettest December since records began in 1910.

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Environment Agency chief monitoring flood risk

James Bevan, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, tweets:

Army arrive to step up Cumbria flood preparation

The Army has arrived in Cumbria to help start putting up sandbags and flood defences in preparation for further flooding.

The Army has been called in to support efforts to protect Cumbria. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Cumbria has suffered severe flooding three times this month. Credit: Ministry of Defence
One company from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment have been deployed. Credit: Ministry of Defence

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