Praise for Portsmouth sailors who tackled floods

Royal Navy sailors at the reception with councillors in Romsey, where they helped tackle flooding this year
Royal Navy sailors at the reception with councillors in Romsey, where they helped tackle flooding this year
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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SAILORS have been praised for their efforts tackling floods which hit the region after a nasty storm.

About 50 servicemen and women from Portsmouth were sent to Romsey for several days during the floods earlier this year to fill sandbags and help build flood defences.

Now Romsey Town Council has held an official reception for some of the Portsmouth-based sailors at its town hall as a token of appreciation.

Councillor Ian Richards, town mayor at the time of the floods, said: ‘On behalf of the townspeople of Romsey I would like to express our sincere thanks to the members of the Royal Navy who saved our lovely town from more serious 
flooding.

‘Your members worked tirelessly above and beyond the call of duty which demonstrates what an excellent spirit we have in our services.

‘Your professionalism and friendly approach served not only to complete the task at hand, but also reassured many of the residents in vulnerable areas.

‘We, as a community and as a country can be proud of our services for their work at home as well as in other countries.’

As reported, sailors from HMS Illustrious, HMS Lancaster and HMS Nelson were called upon to help after the floods earlier this year.

They were joined by some of their colleagues from HMS Collingwood in Fareham and the Royal Marines Band Service in Portsmouth.

People in Romsey kept the sailors topped up with cups of tea as they built walls of sandbags to protect 
homes.

Lieutenant Commander Adrian Hopwood, one of the sailors attending the reception, said: ‘We would like to thank Cllr Richards and the people of Romsey for inviting us to what was a tremendous reception.

‘The opportunity to meet people that we helped on those dark, wet and windy days in February reinforced the importance of our tasking.’