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FoE: Leaked documents show £1/2 bn flood shortfall

Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has said leaked documents from regional flood and coastal committees showed a half a billion pound shortfall in the government's flood budget over the next six years.

Whatever happened to 'money no object'? These flood defence plans simply don't hold water and are wholly inadequate to keep pace with rising flood risk.

Failing to tackle climate change comes with a heavy cost, and it's not right that the Government makes flood-risk households pay the price for its failure to do so.

– Climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole
Flooded fields near Muchelney in Somerset last month. Credit: PA

The group said extra funding for projects needed to be found from other sources, while also pointing to a recent National Audit Office report showing a 6% cut in funds for maintaining existing flood defences during this parliament.

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Lightning strikes hospital building sparking roof fire

Lightning strikes sparked a fire in the roof of St Michael's Hospital, Rayne Road, Braintree amid storms that swept across the south east, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

Crews were called in after lightning struck the roof of a hospital building this morning. The lightning strike caused a fire in the roof.

On arrival the incident commander reported that there was a fire in the roof and that the entire building - which measures 16 by six metres - was completely smoke logged.

Wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets firefighters had extinguished the fire by 09:12hrs.

– Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Hotel roof collapses amid storm flooding

Part of a hotel roof has collapsed after a blocked drain caused water to pool, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

Crews were called in after the roof of the hotel partly collapsed causing problems with the electrics.

On arrival the incident commander reported that a blocked drain in the roof had caused water to pool and part if the roof had collapsed.

Firefighters isolated the electrics and pumped water from the drain.

– Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Met Office warns of flooding amid thunderstorms

The Met Office has warned of further heavy showers and thunderstorms through to Saturday evening, with the main risk becoming confined to southern parts from late afternoon.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning. Credit: Met Office

It also warned of potential for isolated disruption due to surface water flooding and lightning strikes.

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Drivers report flooding on roads through Essex

Images of flooding on roads through Essex have begun to emerge on Twitter with one driver posting a photograpg of water covering the A12.

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