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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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Drenched UK faces more downpours

The River Ouse in York has flooded parts of the city Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

South West England and Wales will be battered by gusts of up to 60mph today while the rest of the country is also expected to experience strong winds and further downpours.

Forecasters said trees could be brought down and already waterlogged areas could be flooded, with up to 40mm of rain predicted to fall in places.

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