Britain deploys Royal Marines to help with floods
LONDON (AFP) - Britain deployed Royal Marines on Thursday to help with devastating floods after what officials said was likely the worst spell of winter rainfall for 250 years.
Around 40 marines were helping reinforce flood defences near Taunton in Somerset in southwest England, parts of which have been under water for a month.
Local police said the marines would put out nearly 1,000 sandbags along a 1-2 kilometre stretch of wall near the River Tone, which has been swelled by heavy rain - more of which was expected overnight.
Prime Minister David Cameron's government has faced criticism for its handling of a crisis that has left swathes of the country under water, with a key railway line washed away.