Flood-response teams to receive £800,000 boost

SIXTEEN emergency and voluntary groups are to receive more than £800,000 to learn how to deal with flood emergencies in North Yorkshire.

The money from Defra will be used to buy rescue equipment such as boats and emergency response training for their teams.

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Environment Minister Richard Benyon said: “In the event of a large-scale flood, it is important that we can call upon manpower and equipment from a wide range of emergency services and voluntary groups.”

Organisations benefiting from funding include The Maritime Coastguard Agency.