Cameron visits flood-hit English city of York

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:31 GMT, Dec 29, 2015 |

British Prime Minister David Cameron met volunteers and soldiers tackling major flooding in the historic city of York on Monday (December 28) and promised to review government spending on defences.

Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed to evacuate residents and help emergency services. Local authorities said around 500 properties were flooded in the historic city of York, and 2,000 homes and 400 businesses in Leeds.

Flood defences have been bolstered in recent years, but that has not been enough to prevent some residents of northern England from having their homes flooded time and again this month.

Cameron said his government will “look at what’s happened in terms of the flooding, where the flood defences have worked and we have to look at the cases where they haven’t worked, where they haven’t been high enough and see whether there is more that we can do”.

He said that in the county of Yorkshire, the government had spent £100 million ($149 million) in the past five years and is planning to spend three times as much in response to the current flooding.

He pledged to review spending on flood defences after some of the worst flooding in the UK for 70 years.