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.

View all 76 updates ›

Despite the floods Britain could see standpipes

After the wettest April on record the government says there is still a chance that standpipes could return to Britain's streets. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman says it's "unlikely" to happen this year, but a dry winter means it remains a possibility.

It's far too early to tell yet whether we are going to have the wet winter we do need; but whereas it's most unlikely we would have standpipes this year, if we have another dry winter that becomes more likely. We really do need a wet winter to get back to normal conditions.

More on this story