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‘You’ve not helped us’: PM accused as army sent to flood-hit areas

The army has arrived to help with severe flooding in South Yorkshire as Boris Johnson was accused of doing nothing to help flood victims.

Around 80 soldiers from the Light Dragoons have begun laying down sandbags in the town of Stainforth, with 20 other areas in South Yorkshire also in need of their help.

A further 80 soldiers from the Royal Anglians are heading to the region later today.

During a visit to Stainforth, the prime minister was accused of doing little to help flood victims by one resident.

Severe flooding leaves South Yorkshire communities under water
Boris Johnson walks with an Environment Agency official during a visit to Stainforth, Doncaster
Image: Boris Johnson walks with an Environment Agency official in Stainforth

The woman, clutching a wheelbarrow alongside the troops sent to the area, told him: "I'm not very happy about talking to you so, if you don't mind, I'll just mope on with what I'm doing.

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"You've not helped us up to press. I don't know what you're here today for."

Another resident told him: "You've took your time Boris, haven't you?", to which Mr Johnson replied: "We've been on it round the clock."

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Mr Johnson denied underestimating the impact of the floods, telling reporters: "If you look at what's been happening since the flooding began there's been round-the-clock monitoring of the situation both at a local and national emergency."

Help from the army comes as further bad weather could be on the way on Thursday, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain covering a vast region from Portsmouth to Hull.

There are 34 flood warnings still in place across England, from Somerset and East Sussex in the south, as well as the Lower River Nidd near Harrogate in Yorkshire and the Holderness Drain in east Yorkshire.

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Image: The PM has said relief funding would be made available for those affected by the floods
Boris Johnson walks with Lt Col Tom Robinson (left) from the Light Dragoons and an Environment Agency official  during a visit to Stainforth, Doncaster
Image: The PM speaks to personnel from the Light Dragoons and an Environment Agency official

Seven flood alerts are also in place in Wales, however five severe "danger to life" warnings on the River Don in South Yorkshire have been downgraded.

There may be possible travel disruptions from late afternoon across South Wales and parts of South West England.

Mr Johnson also warned there could be more flooding across the country this winter as rain continues.

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