Flood insurers to pay out £400 million

Insurers are to make around £426 million worth of payouts for the destruction caused by severe flooding over Christmas and New Year.

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'Little Venice' caravan park underwater again

Little Venice caravan park during last month's floods Credit: PA

Twenty six people were evacuated overnight, and fire crews were today still helping those stranded in the park in Yalding, Kent.

It's the third time the park, called "Little Venice", has been flooded this winter.

Yalding Credit: PA

It comes as rivers across Kent were today still posing a serious threat of flooding, as relentless rain and spring tides combine to put nine areas under immediate risk.

There are flood warnings across the county, including the Great Stour, Nailbourne and Little Stour, Beult, Darent and the Medway.

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Rail services disrupted after landslip

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1/2 #Fareham #Eastleigh - Due to a landslide caused by flooding between Eastleigh & Fareham all lines between these stations are blocked

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2/2 ..Portsmouth services (via Eastleigh) will be diverted, local disruption is expected until 04.02.14. Details: http://t.co/i4hNGNEsvQ

Flood waters have 60 times amount of bacteria

The University of Reading examined flood waters from Somerset Credit: Press Association Images

Tests from microbiologists from the University of Reading have found flood waters which contain 60 times the amount of safe bacteria for agricultural water. The water from Moorland in Somerset contained 60,000 to 70,000 bacteria per 100 millilitres.

According to the World Health Organisation agricultural water should have no more than 1,000 bacteria per 100 millilitres. Microbiologist Nathaniel Storey, who carried out the research, said the results were not unexpected given the extent of the flooding.

He said: 'It's perhaps unsurprising considering there's septic tanks in these people's gardens that are overflowing and animals within close proximity. Therefore all this excrement that's in these areas is being dredged up by the floodwater and taken into houses and into gardens.'

The research was commissioned by Sky News.

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