UK floods: David Cameron to visit swamped communities
28 December 2015
From the section UK
Media captionThe BBC News helicopter captured scenes of the extent of the flooding
The prime minister is expected to visit flood-hit areas of northern England later, as swamped communities continue to battle against rising waters.
Nearly 30 severe flood warnings – meaning there is a danger to life – remain in place in England and Wales.
Hundreds of soldiers have joined the effort against “unprecedented” flooding in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
In York, where hundreds of properties have been at risk, the River Ouse is expected to reach its peak level later.
On Sunday, the government said 200 soldiers were being deployed to affected areas on top of 300 already on the ground.
A further 1,000 personnel are being held in reserve in case the situation gets worse.
During his visits, Prime Minister David Cameron is likely to face questions about government funding of flood defences after Environment Secretary Liz Truss said some had been “overwhelmed”.
Mr Cameron said the “level of the rivers plus the level of rainfall has created an unprecedented effect, and so some very serious flooding”.
Source:: BBC UK