It could appear the British government is bracing itself for floods. More than 1,000 troops have been told they will be needed on 24-7 stand-by to help in the case of flooding this winter.
Theresa May’s government has promised to put in place its “most comprehensive winter plan yet” which will be funded to the tune of £12.5 million for temporary flood defence measures.
It follows devastation caused last winter by Storm Desmond.
As the announcement was made, parts of Britain were facing chaos brought by this winter’s first flurry of snow. The deepest snow level was reported in Barnard Castle, County Durham, where there was 13cm of the white stuff.
Motorists faced disruption on the roads while some schools were closed as a result of snowfall in northern England and Scotland. Highways England urged drivers to be careful on their commute.
There were flight delays at Leeds Bradford Airport while a runway was cleared.
Government officials are now continuing to make preparations for the winter ahead.
Last year, people were left homeless and thousands were left without power as Storm Desmond wreaked havoc.
Cumbria was hardest hit as a result of a record rain fall and the county declared it was dealing with a major incident.
This year, a total of 1,200 troops will be ready to act in the event of a similar situation.
Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer said: “We want to make sure that people across the United Kingdom keep safe, warm and healthy this winter.
“That is why we are working together to prepare for all that winter may bring, from providing flu vaccinations to specialist equipment and resources to deal with winter flooding.
“With the Army standing by, we have the most comprehensive winter plan yet to keep people safe and the country moving.”
A £12.5 million cash injection will also be used to put in place temporary flood defences such as mobile barriers and pumps which can be taken where they are needed.
But environmentalists say the government needs to go much further. Friends of the Earth said that crisis management was not enough and the government needs to concentrate on dealing with the root problem of climate change.
The government is also working to make sure other emergency plans in the NHS and on the roads are put in place.

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Thomas Channeton
He is a freelance journalist who has actively worked on various environmental issues. He had covered the Clean Water Act amendments and the Superfund legislation which ultimately became the basis for the Clean Air Act which was promulgated in 1990. After that, he also covered the Food Quality Protection Act which was promulgated in 1996. As a freelance environmental reporter he also delved into the oil issue in North Dakota which altered the energy portfolio of the nation. He is also passionate about the various climate changes occurring around us and has reported about the harmful effects of global warming on the environment.