Flash floods fear in drought areas

Drought-afflicted areas of the UK are braced for the possibility of flash floods with strong winds and heavy downpours expected to hit tonight.

Up to 40mm of rain is forecast to fall in some places, as the country's wettest week of the year so far shows no sign of relenting.


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.