ENVIRONMENT AGENCY engineers in Yorkshire have been working around the clock to tackle rising flood waters swelled by melting snow and heavy weekend rain.
'In a live flood event like this our staff work for 24 hours in three eight hour shifts, ' said the Environment Agency's area flood defence and water resources manager for Yorkshire, David Wilkes.
Flood warnings have been issued across England and Wales this week, peaking at 63 warnings and 84 less serious flood watches.
Agency staff are monitoring flood washlands, activating pumps, sending staff out to install sandbags and clear debris. They are also authorising immediate repair work to river banks and flood defences.
Wilkes said the high number of flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency this week highlighted the need for more flood defence schemes in the Yorkshire region.
He said the most urgent was the Humber estuary, where the Agency is looking to invest £300M to raise and strengthen existing defences.