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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
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