Military help with Isle of Wight relief effort

By Ross Findon

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Military help with Isle of Wight relief effort

A Chinook delivers troops to the Isle of Wight as part of a flood relief operation. Picture courtesy of David Butler.

UPDATED 18:27*

THE military has been drafted in to assist with relief efforts on the Isle of Wight after it was pounded by severe weather.

Around 20 soldiers and two Land Rovers have been flown in by Chinook helicopter this afternoon (Saturday), landing at Seaclose park. More troops are expected to arrive tomorrow (Sunday).

It follows flooding across the Isle of Wight during high winds and tides and heavy rain last night and in the early hours of this morning.

Residents in the Undercliff area have been advised to consider leaving their properties, due to concerns about landslips.

*A council spokeswoman said this evening: "As part of the government’s commitment to supporting communities affected by the recent adverse weather, a military team has arrived on the Island to assess what support it can provide.

"A captain and 20 troops arrived by Chinook helicopter at Seaclose Park in Newport this afternoon. They will be on the Island for a short period of time to look at parts of the Island affected by recent weather.

"A number of areas experienced flooding over the past 24 hours, and with more bad weather expected, the military will be working with the Isle of Wight Council to identify potential areas for support.

"With high levels of flooding experienced around the Island in recent weeks, the military has committed to boosting the Island’s sandbag supply and will be delivering additional sandbags to the Island this weekend."

Cllr Ian Stephens, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said: "I am delighted that the government has included the Isle of Wight in its deployment of military troops in light of recent weather conditions. We are extremely grateful for this support and will be working closely with the troops to look at how they can assist our community."

The military team has brought its own vehicles to the Island, so residents should not be alarmed if they see troops around the Island, the council said.


A Chinook lands at Seaclose Park as part of relief effort. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight Council.

Chinook lands at Seaclose Park. Video courtesy of WIGHTvid News, via Twitter @WIGHTVid


Chinook lands at Seaclose Park. Picture courtesy of James via Twitter @Jamescartt.


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by Graham Harrison

18th February 2014, at 13:08:08

I think they are called military because it was a variety of forces used: Army and air force: hence military, and my son who has just returned from Afghanistan does not sit on his backside all day doing nothing, he works from 9-5 five days a week, and if he is not working he is training, and how many of the "critics" on here went out and lent a hand? exactly..put up or shut up

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by nick gale

17th February 2014, at 20:46:31

I don't understand why a rifles reserve unit was flown to the island by Chinooks at great expense with four land rovers when the island has a maritime reserve unit 266 port SQN with access to trucks, heavy plant and experience in this field that could of put more man power on the ground and made more of a difference and was not called up and still has not been called up.

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by carl palmer

17th February 2014, at 12:18:38

If all these sandwich fillings didn’t object to a bridge or tunnel then they would have just driven over here. No need for Chinooks then would we!!!!

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by Keven Ball

17th February 2014, at 11:32:11

Yes I agree with that.

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by Den Young

16th February 2014, at 21:13:29

no keep it up Lee

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by Den Young

16th February 2014, at 16:14:50

sorry Lee I don't agree, the weather was terrible here and what does somebody decide to do? lend one our most important items to another area, bet you wouldn't have thought the same if your house was flooded.

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by alan naylor

16th February 2014, at 15:10:00

Cameron has decided to end this conflict once and for all . Armed forces have secured the Post office Airport and Whitelink Ferry the people on the island are finally liberated

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by Russell Palin

16th February 2014, at 12:08:19

The weather is so nice today, if it were human it would have "behavioral issues"
The rapid inspection of the Island by people who should have been doing the inspections all along, the military are the best storm damage engineers in the country, they go all over the world doing this.
They are good at fixing things in storm damaged countries far and wide.
The great thing is it will be more work than talk for once, younger certificated and regulated generation take note.....

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by Den Young

16th February 2014, at 10:53:59

lee and if we had our pump here it would have been even better.

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by Den Young

16th February 2014, at 09:11:42

I rang Island Roads with an enquiry last week about a road closure at St Johns Road Newport, they promised to get back, well you know the next line, im still waiting. any excuses from Island Roads please?.

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