Boris Johnson to send 100 troops to flood-hit areas and give cash bail-outs to affected businesses

BORIS Johnson is sending 100 troops to help flood-hit areas and giving a cash bail-out to affected councils and businesses.

The announcement came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Lib Dem chief Jo Swinson were accused of “weaponising” the crisis.

The Prime Minister is sending 100 troops and cash aid to help Britain’s flood-ravaged communities, like those in Fishlake, Doncaster
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The Lincolnshire farm is completely cut off by floodwater after a river burst its banks

Soldiers from UK Standby Battalion, based in Catterick, will be deployed today.

Following a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee, the PM added: “It is essential our communities have the support they need to recover.”

Councils will get emergency grants and business £2,500 handouts.

Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn blamed flooding on years of spending cuts and pledged £5.6billion to shore up defences.

He said: “The Government’s response to the floods has been woeful.

“If this had happened in Surrey instead of Yorkshire and the East Midlands, I think it would have been a very different story.”

Ms Swinson followed in his footsteps by taking her election campaign to sodden South Yorkshire.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “This is nothing but cheap political posturing. Using a natural disaster in this way is as low as it gets.”

One of the worst-hit villages is Fishlake, near Doncaster, where residents said they received a “severe warning” from the council on social media five hours after homes were flooded.

Meanwhile, a farm was cut off by floodwater in Barlings, Lincs, when a river burst its banks.

Last night families battling to clear up were warned that two weeks’ worth of rain will fall tomorrow.


Over 1,000 acres of Lincolnshire farmland is under water following the floods[/caption]

Mr Corbyn, who met with residents hit by the floods in Bentley, Doncaster, was accused of ‘weaponising’ the crisis
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The PM chaired an emergency Cobra meeting which Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, centre, attended, to discuss the response to the flooding
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