Praise for Portsmouth sailors after emergency flood help

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Neighbours have praised the Royal Navy after sailors were dispatched from Portsmouth to help communities hit by flooding.

More than 300 navy sailors spent the weekend building up flood defences in Romsey, Hampshire, as the River Test reached critical levels.

DEFENCES The navy prepares to place the sandbags

DEFENCES The navy prepares to place the sandbags

The sailors were sent from HMS Illustrious, HMS Lancaster, and HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, as well as HMS Sultan in Gosport, and HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

Members of the Portsmouth Royal Marines band service also helped out.

People living in the area kept the sailors topped up with cups of tea as they piled sandbags in front of homes in danger.

Matthew Southey, one of the residents who joined in the efforts, said: ‘It makes me proud to be British.

‘It is just fantastic to see so many Royal Navy people here helping us. We are very grateful to them.

‘It is always worrying when the river level rises and this is the worst we have seen it in a long time.’

As reported in The News, the Royal Navy was also called in to help Hambledon after villagers asked for assistance.