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Water shortages in the 1970s saw thousands of standpipes set up in Yorkshire. Now, it's southern Britain which is at risk of running short.
In Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire river levels have risen 16ft in the last few days. But as Daybreak's Katy Fawcett found out it's still no where near enough to eliminate the possibility of standpipes.
Even though flood waters are starting to recede, the Environment Agency still has warnings in force for parts of the Midlands and southern Britain.
- 102 flood alerts (flooding possible)
- 24 flood warnings (flooding expected)
There are full details of the areas affected on the Environment Agency's website.
After the wettest April on record the government says there is still a chance that standpipes could return to Britain's streets. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman says it's "unlikely" to happen this year, but a dry winter means it remains a possibility.
A boating festival which had been threatened due to drought fears has now been postponed because there is too much water.
The annual Northampton Boat Gathering on the River Nene was scheduled to take place at Becket's Park between May 4 and 7.
But following a number of flood warnings being put in place by the Environment Agency, the festival has now been postponed for the first time in 15 years.
The police officer leading the search for an eight-year-old boy who fell into a swollen river four days ago has made the "difficult decision" to scale back the operation.
Police have named the man who died after the car he was travelling in became submerged in water near Newbury as Jonathan Gammon, 52, from Kingston Lane, Teddington, Middlesex.
Visit the Thames Water website to hear more on why parts of the country are still suffering from a drought despite the heavy rainfall.
There are fresh flood warnings for parts of England and Wales after heavy rain lashed southern Britain overnight following the wettest April since records began.
Some regions had more than 20mm of rain in the space of 12 hours, and more downpours are forecast for today.
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As flood waters start to recede forecasters warn the recent deluges could be followed by unseasonable frost and sub-zero temperatures.
Parts of England and Wales are facing fresh floods after heavy rain lashed southern Britain. It follows the wettest April on record.