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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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Boating festival cancelled amid flood fears

A boating festival which had been threatened due to drought fears has now been postponed because there is too much water.

The annual Northampton Boat Gathering on the River Nene was scheduled to take place at Becket's Park between May 4 and 7.

But following a number of flood warnings being put in place by the Environment Agency, the festival has now been postponed for the first time in 15 years.

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