MoD diverts Iraq PROs to UK floods

Ministry of Defence PROs dedicated to operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have turned their attention to ­military attempts to resolve the flooding crisis in the UK.

Floods: MoD sends in help
Floods: MoD sends in help

Four PROs on the operations desk are compiling and coordinating data from the Navy, Army and RAF, which have all been scrambled to help flood-hit areas.

Brigadier Jolyan Jackson is acting as the military’s ‘gold command’ spokesman, and three official photographers have been dispatched to upload images to a database for use by the media; the Navy’s camera crew have ­also been filming military ­efforts to stop an electricity substation in Waltham from flooding.

Meanwhile, Cheltenham Borough Council has created a blog on its website, www.cheltenham.gov.uk, to keep local people updated about the floods.

Separately, Tourism West Midlands is to launch a £1m campaign to claw back visitors to the region, which was hit by floods in March. ‘Tourism is of ­vital importance to the local economy – without tourists at this time of year, when ­rural areas would ­expect to be busiest, many will be feeling the strain,’ said a spokesman.

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