Standpipes 'could return'

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has raised the possibility of standpipes returning to UK streets if the country is hit by a third dry winter in a row.The warning comes as fears of further flooding remain following heavy rains.

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Wet weather set to continue into next week

Rain-lashed Britain shows no sign of drying up as downpours are set to continue through the weekend and into next week.

Much of England and Wales will continue to be soaked, and conditions will become more unpleasant as strong winds and downpours hit tonight.

A woman stands on a step as she makes her way along a flooded street in York after the River Ouse flooded parts of the city. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Drought-afflicted areas are braced for the possibility of flash floods as up to 40mm of rain is forecasted to fall in places.

England and Wales have experienced the wettest week since December with forecasters seeing no sign of the rain letting up and supermarkets reporting soaring sales of wellies and umbrellas in the face of the deluge.

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England and Wales to get further soaking

Much of England and Wales will get a further soaking today, with strong winds and heavy downpours expected to hit tonight.

There is the possibility of flash floods as up to 40mm of rain is forecasted to fall in places.

England and Wales have experience the wettest week since December with forecasters seeing no sign of the rain letting up.

Supermarkets are reporting soaring sales of wellies and umbrellas in the face of the deluge.

Rain brings relief but drought continues

This week has been the UK's wettest of 2012 Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

April's heavy rainfall has boosted river levels and provided relief for farmers, gardeners and wildlife in drought areas.

But groundwater levels remain low and the rain is not yet making a difference to the drought conditions, warned the Environment Agency today.

Soil left dry by prolonged dry weather is increasing the risk of flash floods as heavy rain quickly runs off hard, compacted ground.

UK braced for floods on wet weekend

The River Ouse in York city centre is continuing to rise after heavy rain Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Environment Agency has warned of the possibility of localised flooding across the UK as wet weather intensifies on Sunday.

Many of the areas at risk of floods are those currently in a state of drought, including the South East, East Anglia, the Midlands, the South West and south and east Yorkshire.

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