More troops will be deployed to “do whatever is needed” to help residents across northern England affected by widespread floods, Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Cameron, in televised comments Sunday after chairing a third meeting of his government’s emergency Cobra committee held in as many days, described the rainfall across Lancashire and much of Yorkshire and North Wales as “unprecedented.”
Thousands of people have been evacuated after several rivers burst their banks and flooded dozens of communities as well as parts of the city centers of York, Leeds and Manchester.
“We’ve decided to deploy more military resources, more military personnel to help,” Cameron said. “We’ll also make sure that the help we gave to Cumbria will also be available to other parts of the country,” he said.
The Environment Agency has issued 24 severe flood warnings -- signifying a “danger to life” -- for Lancashire and Yorkshire, with 128 other warnings.
Greater Manchester Police said the heavy rainfall on Saturday had caused wide-spread flooding, with the worst affected areas including Bury, Bolton, Salford, Rochdale and Wigan,
“We are now entering the recovery phase of the operation and a lot of work is being done to return Greater Manchester to normality,” Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare said. “There is still a lot of work to be done in some areas so this phase may take some time.”