South Yorkshire firefighters help battle floods

The flooded Somerset Levels in South West England
The flooded Somerset Levels in South West England
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South Yorkshire’s firefighters have been deployed to Berkshire as severe flooding continues to cause misery in the south of England.

A team of six firefighters have taken a fire engine to the county following an urgent call for assistance from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue.

The team from Rotherham and Central stations, will be based at the village of Cookham Dean on the banks of the river Thames. The village is at high risk of flooding, with a red alert in place.

The crew will be assisting residents with flood defences and helping to pump out flooded properties where possible.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue area manager Mick Mason said: “An urgent request was received. We replied immediately, and a crew was deployed, with further crews made available to go at a moment’s notice if needed.

“They were supposed to remain for an initial two days, but looking at the weather forecasts, we expect this to be longer.”

The latest crews are in addition to six firefighters already in Taunton to help.