JCB is sending four of its high-speed, high ground clearance Fastrac tractors and two of its backhoe loaders to areas worst affected by the floods.
The tractors will be deployed in areas where people and livestock need moving from advancing flood waters while the backhoe, with its ability to both load and dig, will help shore up flood defences and later clear debris.
They will be operated by drivers provided by the Construction Industry Training Board.
JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: “As Britain’s biggest manufacturer of construction equipment we are in a position to provide machinery quickly to help families and farmers who are suffering so dreadfully through the floods. It’s my hope that the JCB machines we’re providing will help alleviate that suffering.”
The company has already supplied a 541-70 Loadall telescopic handler to support farmers who have been left without feed and bedding for livestock evacuated to dry land from flood hit areas.
The machine is being used to load donated forage on to trucks at Sedgemore Cattle Auction in Somerset where the distribution is being co-ordinated.
Photo: JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald, right, and Andy Walder of the Construction Industry Training Board