Boris Johnson sends 100 troops and offers financial help to communities affected by flooding

The prime minister has announced more support for communities in parts of northern England affected by flooding.

Boris Johnson made the commitment following a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee earlier.

He had faced criticism from Labour and the Liberal Democrats who said he should declare a “national emergency”.

Mr Johnson said it had been “an absolute tragedy for those who have seen such damage to their homes and livestock”.

He said authorities were working “flat out” and a request had been made for “a little bit more help” from the military in getting sandbags and other defences to some of the areas affected.

Among the measures announced by Mr Johnson were:

  • An extra 100 Army personnel deployed from Wednesday to support the recovery effort in South Yorkshire
  • Funding for local councils where households and businesses have been affected – equivalent to £500 per eligible household
  • Up to £2,500 for small and medium-sized businesses which have suffered severe impacts not covered by insurance

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