Hurricane Arwen: Troops deployed to towns hit by ‘worst damage in 15 years’

134 soldiers and marines have been deployed to parts of Scotland devastated by the storm (Image: Getty)

Troops have been drafted across the UK as follows ‘catastrophic damage’ caused by storm Arwen.

High winds and heavy snowfall have brought devastation to England and Scotland, where thousands have been stranded without power for nearly a week.

Around 100 soldiers are being sent to the northeast of England to help with the aftermath and ‘will be on the ground from tomorrow’.

Conservative MP for North West Durham Richard Holden said it followed a request from Durham County Council, where up to 13,000 properties are still without power due to the scale of the damage.

Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey also confirmed this morning that 134 soldiers and marines have been deployed to 12 hard-hit villages in the Grampian region.

I said Sky News: ‘They’re running in groups of 10 and we think there’s about 4,000 homes they need.’

Staff in Scotland will focus on welfare checks in areas where communities are still impacted by the power outages – Aboyne, Alford, Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff and Westhill.

Marines from 45 Commando are seen conducting a welfare check on December 2 in Lumphanan, Scotland (Image: Getty)
Several thousand people in the area remain without power after Cyclone Arwen, which made landfall in the north-east of England last week (Image: Getty)
A police car was crushed by a large tree in Hatton of Fintray, Aberdeenshire (Image: Newsline Media)

Last weekend, Hurricane Arwen brings winds above 90 mph and three people were killed by falling trees.

The help comes after Aberdeenshire Council said it had approached the UK Government for military assistance.

Local governments have even been forced to supply diesel generators to hospitals and community care homes.

A statement from the council said: ‘This will complement what our teams have been doing since the weekend. We continue to appreciate all the great examples of community support.

‘Rest assured, we continue to work tirelessly to provide the support our community needs at this challenging time.’

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