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Soldiers in York train to prevent future flooding

After hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses were swamped in York's worst floods in a decade, soldiers from North Yorkshire have been learning how to use temporary barriers are part of the huge effort to hold back the waters this winter.

They are among 1200 troops on twenty four hour standby to help deal with emergencies.

The government committed £12.5 million for new temporary flood defences and pumps following a review into last December's crisis and new temporary barriers and today's training is part of the plans.

Flood Alert: North Sea Coast

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the North Sea Coast from Staithes to Whitby including tidal River Esk.

Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first.

The Flood alert is in force for high tides between 3:45pm and 4:30 today (Tuesday 15th November).

Overtopping and wind-blown spray is expected to cause localised flooding in the times stated.

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Heavy rain causes flooding in Alnwick

Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in a Northumberland market town.

Flood water travelled down the streets of Alnwick, including Clayport Bank and Narrowgate this morning causing manhole covers to pop due to the volume of water.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has dispatched gully tankers to the town and fire officers are assisting with pumping at one property.

Denwick Lane currently remains closed.

*Video courtesy of @\SunnySeaBreeze_

Flood alert issued for River Ure

A general view of the fast flowing and swollen River Ure at Aysgarth Falls, North Yorkshire Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Upper River Ure in North Yorkshire.

The alert has been issued in response to heaving rainfall over the last three hours. Further rainfall is expected.

Flooding is possible for the river and tributaries from its source downstream to Kilgram. Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

Government say they're investing record amounts in flood defences in response to critical MPs' report

The government have said they're investing record amounts in flood protection schemes in response to a report by MPs which claims its failing to protect communities.

The report by the Environmental Audit Comittee says the North East needs more reassurance from the government on future flood protection.

A spokesperson from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:

“Our six-year capital investment programme for flood defences will bring an end to year-on-year fluctuations in spending so communities can have certainty in future funding.

“Our National Flood Resilience Review will be published shortly, delivering immediate actions to better protect communities ahead of this winter.

“This will be followed by our 25-year environment plan later this year setting out a new approach to managing our rivers across whole catchments, keeping homes, businesses and infrastructure safer from flooding.

“We continue to invest record amounts to protect the nation against the threat of flooding - £2.3bn in flood defences, with an extra £700m announced in the Budget, to better protect more than 300,000 properties.”

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