Military help with Isle of Wight relief effort

By Ross Findon

Saturday, February 15, 2014

 

Military help with Isle of Wight relief effort

A Chinook delivers troops to the Isle of Wight as part of a flood relief operation. Picture courtesy of David Butler.

UPDATED 18:27*

THE military has been drafted in to assist with relief efforts on the Isle of Wight after it was pounded by severe weather.

Around 20 soldiers and two Land Rovers have been flown in by Chinook helicopter this afternoon (Saturday), landing at Seaclose park. More troops are expected to arrive tomorrow (Sunday).

It follows flooding across the Isle of Wight during high winds and tides and heavy rain last night and in the early hours of this morning.

Residents in the Undercliff area have been advised to consider leaving their properties, due to concerns about landslips.

*A council spokeswoman said this evening: "As part of the government’s commitment to supporting communities affected by the recent adverse weather, a military team has arrived on the Island to assess what support it can provide.

"A captain and 20 troops arrived by Chinook helicopter at Seaclose Park in Newport this afternoon. They will be on the Island for a short period of time to look at parts of the Island affected by recent weather.

"A number of areas experienced flooding over the past 24 hours, and with more bad weather expected, the military will be working with the Isle of Wight Council to identify potential areas for support.

"With high levels of flooding experienced around the Island in recent weeks, the military has committed to boosting the Island’s sandbag supply and will be delivering additional sandbags to the Island this weekend."

Cllr Ian Stephens, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said: "I am delighted that the government has included the Isle of Wight in its deployment of military troops in light of recent weather conditions. We are extremely grateful for this support and will be working closely with the troops to look at how they can assist our community."

The military team has brought its own vehicles to the Island, so residents should not be alarmed if they see troops around the Island, the council said.

Chinook

A Chinook lands at Seaclose Park as part of relief effort. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight Council.

Chinook lands at Seaclose Park. Video courtesy of WIGHTvid News, via Twitter @WIGHTVid

Chinook

Chinook lands at Seaclose Park. Picture courtesy of James via Twitter @Jamescartt.

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