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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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Environment Agency: 'No need for alarm'

Dave Throup from the Environment Agency says there's no immediate cause for alarm, but river levels in the Midlands are continuing to rise.

River levels are high at Powick in Worcestershire Credit: ITV Central

Speaking from a bridge alongside the River Teme at Powick near Worcester, he says the Agency will continue to monitor levels over the coming days as more water moves down from Wales and with more rain forecast.

The heavy downpours are not having a significant effect on the drought situation. The Agency says we need a further six months of this type of weather to return to normal conditions.

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