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'We can make a difference' say Dartmoor search and rescue

Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams are helping some of the victims of flooding in York. Credit: ITV News

Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams are helping some of the victims of flooding in York.

49 people have travelled up to Yorkshire, including swift water rescue technicians and water incident search managers.

The teams have also taken a boat and eight 4x4 vehicles with them. Alec Collyer from Dartmoor Rescue Group says it's about a making a difference.

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Rescue teams from Exmoor, Cornwall and Dartmoor assist in flood rescue

Water levels were so high in Hebden Bridge they reached a cash machine at this Co-op Credit: PA

Rescue teams from Exmoor, Cornwall and Dartmoor prepare to head north to help in the rescue operation in the north of England after "unprecedented" levels of flooding.

Hundreds have been forced from their homes with York one of the worst hit areas with two dozen severe flood warnings, meaning there is a danger to life.

Rising waters continue to overwhelm flood defences in Lancashire and Greater Manchester where a month's worth of rainfall fell in a day leaving thousands of homes were left without power.

A woman is waist deep in water in Calderdale, West Yorkshire Credit: ITV News

South west rescue crews help with floods

South west rescue boats help with floods Credit: SARA

The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) Tewkesbury team is helping rescue people in Leeds city centre as flood water has damaged much of the area.

The organisation which is one of the largest independent lifeboat service in the UK, second only to the RNLI, is doing all it can to help the flood effort. Crews are still in the south west should people need them.

While our teams are in the North of the country helping those affected by the flooding we still have crew available at all our stations covering our local areas and rivers.

– SARA

Flood defences take shape in Somerset

Major works to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels are continuing Credit: Somerset County Council

Major works to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels are continuing to progress with four huge concrete culverts now in place.

The culverts, which are part of the second phase of works at Beer Wall, each measure an impressive 2 metres tall by 3 metres wide and will allow any future flood water to pass under the A372.

Major works to help reduce flooding on the Somerset Levels are continuing Credit: Somerset County Council

A stretch of the A372 was closed for several weeks in 2014 due to flooding and then to accommodate emergency pumping.

The Beer Wall being built Credit: Somerset County Council

The Beer Wall scheme being built is part of the multi-agency 20 Year Flood Action Plan which is now being overseen by the Somerset Rivers Authority.

This is an important scheme to reduce the risk of future flooding and prevent the widespread disruption we witnessed back in 2014. I’m pleased to see it taking shape and know that a huge amount of work has been done already.

We are of course disappointed that the completion date has changed but it is important that we get this project right first time. As we have said from the start, with a complex design and build scheme of this nature unfortunately we can never be completely sure how long work will take, even once work is underway.

We apologise for the inconvenience for motorists and local communities keen to see this route reopened, but hope people understand how important this scheme is. Please be assured that we will be doing everything we can to complete this work as soon as possible.

As well as keeping the A372 open, the three-stage Beer Wall scheme is designed to reduce flood risk in the Sowy and Kings Sedgemoor Drain river systems.

– Cllr John Osman, Chairman of the Somerset Rivers Authority and Leader of Somerset County Council
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