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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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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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