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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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MeteoGroup on weather prospects for Sunday

Tom Tobler, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said:

"Gusts of 50 to 60mph are sweeping across South West England, central England and Wales, which will see the worst of the windy weather.

"The wind will then spread north-westwards throughout the day with other areas seeing gusts of up to 40mph.

"There is potential for it to cause some damage.

"The South East will experience heavy rain this morning, but it will then ease off, with the heaviest rain in the South West, central England and Wales. It will then spread northwards."

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