Military assess flooding problems in Somerset

The Ministry of Defence has deployed military planners to help Somerset County Council with flooding in the county.

OC Major Al Robinson and Sergeant Leigh Robinson look out over flood water from Burrow Mump, Burrowbridge, Somerset. Credit: SWNS

"The Ministry of Defence is also working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to identify what immediate support they can give to the local residents," Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said last night.

Members of 24 Commando Squadron carrying out reconaissance work in Burrowbridge, Surrey. Credit: SWNS

Major Al Robinson told ITV News earlier: "It's relatively early on. We've only been on the ground for a couple hours at the moment so we're just focussing on understanding what the situation is and identifying the key areas which are at risk."

Two members of 24 Commando Engineer Regiment assist Somerset County Council in Borrowbridge. Credit: SWNS

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