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Army duties scaled back as floods recede

Worcester Editorial 18th Feb, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

MILITARY services are having their duties scaled back as the flooding situation in Worcester improves.

More than a hundred soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment were deployed into the city last Thursday (February 13) a day after water levels peaked at record levels.

Worcestershire Silver Tactical Co-ordinating Group met on Monday (February 17) to discuss the ongoing response to the flooding and with levels receding, army support has been reduced.

Chair Supt Kevin Purcell, speaking on behalf of the tactical co-ordinating group, said: “The situation in Worcestershire is slowly improving and we are working hard towards preparing for the recovery phase.

“The Army have made a huge difference to the agencies’ ability to keep people safe and the county moving.

“Current information from the Environment Agency shows it is unlikely river levels will go back up to the peaks we saw last week, however they may take a while to go back to the levels we normally see at this time of the year.

“If there are further episodes of heavy rain that push river levels back, we can again consider using the Royal Irish, who are prepared to return from their base in Shropshire at short notice.”

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