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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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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.

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