The Environment Agency's flood warning service

The Environment Agency has advised residents who live near rivers like the Severn to register for its free flood warnings service.

Itsuggests people can keep up to date by checking its website, calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188

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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.