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One in six UK homes 'at risk of flooding'

£20bn needs to be invested in flood defences to protect properties from rising sea levels and severe rainstorms, Environment Agency warns

Source:  Copyright 2009, Press Association
Date:  June 19, 2009
Original URL: Status ONLINE

One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency warned today.

And with climate change likely to raise the risk of flooding through rising sea levels and more rainstorms, £20bn needs to be invested in flood defences to protect properties in the next 25 years, the agency said.

As many as 5.2m properties are already at risk of flooding, with 2.4m threatened by rivers and the sea, and a further 2.8 million at risk from surface water flooding from overflowing drains.

Thousands of health centres and doctors' surgeries, schools and miles of railways and roads are also at risk, according to the agency's Flooding In England report.

Almost half a million homes, offices, factories and warehouses are at a significant risk of flooding from rivers or sea, with a greater than one in 75 chance of being flooded in any year.

The highest number of properties at significant risk are in the south-east of ...

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