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January 15, 2008

More torrential rain, more flood warnings

by Richard Kilner

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There are flood alerts across the UK as forecasters are predicting a week of torrential downpours.

Flash floods are expected in areas in England and Wales.

Over the last 24 hours the west of England, including areas that were worst hit in the summer floods of last year, bore the brunt of the rain.

Flood warnings have been put in place along the River Severn from Worcester to Gloucester.

Residents in towns and villages affected have begun sandbagging their homes ahead of a predicted 40mm of rainfall.

It is only six months since the worst floods in living memory devastated parts of Gloucester, and there are still thousands of people struggling with the aftermath of that event.

According to official statistics, the insurance companies received 130,000 claims totalling over £3bn in the summer.

Since then, the government has pledged £650m towards flood defences, a sum condemned as inadequate by insurers.

The insurance industry has threatened to withdraw flood cover from those at risk unless the government puts into effect recommendations aimed at strengthening defences.


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