More drought than flooding as weather hit extremes

FLOODING ... residents in Harton Grove, South Shields were among those who suffered flooding last year.

FLOODING ... residents in Harton Grove, South Shields were among those who suffered flooding last year.

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DROUGHT was a bigger problem than flooding last year, the Environment Agency has revealed, as it warned of the need to prepare for extreme weather in the future.

For although flooding hit parts of England one in every five days in 2012, one in four days were spent in drought, say official figures.

Despite widespread flooding in places, hosepipe bans imposed for 20 million people across a swathe of England early in the year after two dry winters in a row.

 

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