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UK's flood responses put to the test

Helicopters will pluck people from rooftops today in Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire as part of the largest flood defence exercise ever held in the UK.

Exercise Watermark, a series of mock scenarios across England and Wales, is designed to test the authorities' ability to co-ordinate following heavy criticism of failings in the official response to the floods of 2007.

The exercise began on Wednesday and will run until Saturday.

Jenny Hill reports.

  • 10 Mar 2011
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