The Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters flew in with bulk bags of sand in Wainfleet as Lincolnshire continues to be hit by flooding.
Emergency crews, councils, the Environment Agency and local communities pulled together to help in what is a time of need in the county.
RAF helicopters and personnel from the RAF and British Army were previously deployed in support of the Environment Agency to stem the flow of floodwaters in Lincolnshire after the heavy rainfall.
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The RAF Chinook was deployed on Thursday and continued to be used on Friday, alongside a Puma, to tackle the floods.
The Environment Agency confirmed that the river had breached its defences after more than double June’s average rainfall came down within three days. After an assessment by the Lincolnshire Local Resilience Forum and Environment Agency it was decided that air support was needed to create a plug to stem the flow while the education of Wainfleet took place.
The RAF, with support from a Joint RAF and Army unit, flew in almost 70, one-tonne bags of gravel suspended under a Chinook. The operation was designed to reinforce the flood defences and drastically reduce the chances of further flooding.
Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt said: “The skilled RAF helicopter pilots and crew, have provided vital support to tackle the flooding in Lincolnshire. This will help the emergency services on the ground who are doing all they can to aid local residents.”
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