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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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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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