A hundred soldiers who spent the night helping protect communities in York from rising river waters are heading for Afghanistan in a month, their commanders said.
The army signallers joined firefighters, police and council workers as they fought to safeguard York and the village of Cawood.
First to be called out were 30 soldiers from 2nd Signal Regiment, based in Fulford, York, who filled and laid thousands of sandbags in Peckitt Street in the city as the River Ouse rose to almost record levels. Another 70 soldiers were requested to assist the flood efforts in Cawood, near Selby.
Major David Orr, who commanded the military team in Cawood, said: "For us, this was the last day of training before we deploy to Afghanistan and, after a year of training, this was something different."
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