Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore deployed to Doncaster in South Yorkshire to help with flooding
Rutland based soldiers have returned home from support efforts to protect parts of flood-hit South Yorkshire.
About 90 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment were part of a 200 strong contingent that deployed to Doncaster in the early hours of Wednesday morning following a request from the civilian authorities for military support.
Based at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore, the 2nd Battalion is currently part of three UK Standby Battalions held at readiness, prepared to respond to UK contingencies and emergencies.
Within hours of arriving on the ground the 90 soldiers from C (Northamptonshire) Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment were supporting flood relief efforts by filling and helping to distribute over 3000 industrial sized sandbags.
They also erected flood barriers to protect an electrical substation in Thorpe Marsh and carried out reconnaissance patrols along the riverbank of the River Don at the request of the Environment Agency.
The Royal Anglians returned to Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore, on Wednesday evening but remain on standby ready to support if requested by the Environment Agency.
The Office Commanding C (Northamptonshire) Company, Major Frank Atkins, said: “The guys are pleased they have been able to get out there and have a positive effect.”
He continued: “We have the resources and versatility to tackle any task we are called in for and the people of South Yorkshire can be assured that we, the British Army, will continue to assist as required.”
Lt Col John Holden, Joint Regional Liaison Officer for Yorkshire and the Humber said: “Defence can contribute in a number of ways, we can put a lot of soldiers on the ground as you saw yesterday (Wednesday) with up to 200 troops deployed.
“We’re also supporting in the background we’ve been supporting with accommodation for emergency services, the RAF responded with Chinook support, and we’ve also provided specialist engineer support. We’ll be there as long as people ask for us.”
The Royal Anglian deployment follows support provided at the weekend by the Royal Air Force, when RAF Chinooks were called in to assist a pumping station near Doncaster following heavy rainfall. The aircraft dropped 40 tonnes of aggregate at specific points to ensure flood defences could continue to work properly.
A reconnaissance team from 170 Engineer Group, based in Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell also deployed to Doncaster over the weekend to conduct a technical assessment at Bentley pumping station.
Military personnel provide a vital role in flood relief efforts alongside counterparts from local authorities, emergency services and other Government departments. Their contribution can include filling and distributing sandbags, erecting barriers, assisting residents, evacuating vulnerable residents, examining the condition of existing flood defences, and general duties in support of the local authorities and emergency services.
The civilian authorities leading the response on the ground in Yorkshire are Defra, the Local Resilience Force and the Environment Agency.
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