Floods

  1. Seaside towns on flood alert in ex-hurricane swell surge

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    Seaside towns have been warned to expect flooding as a huge swell is forecast to overtop defences.

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    The overtopping hazard in Perranporth, Cornwall is rated high, as waves up to 30ft are set to roll in on the coat-tails of Hurricane Epsilon.

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    Video caption: Wet and windy for the UK this week thanks to former hurricanes Epsilon and Zeta
  2. More rain forecast for flood-hit Vietnam

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    Video caption: More rain forecast for flood-hit Vietnam

    More rain forecast for flood-hit Vietnam

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    Video caption: The October floods of 2000 remembered 20 years on

    Thousands of homes and businesses were devastated when floods swept through West Kent and East Sussex.

  4. Flood spending since Storm Desmond touches £80m

    More than £80m has been spent on flood defences in Cumbria since Storm Desmond hit the county in 2015, according to the Environment Agency.

    The agency says this means about 3,400 homes are already better protected, and 1,800 more will have stronger defences by April.

    Stewart Mounsey, the Environment Agency's flood risk manager for Cumbria, says maintenance work such as clearing culverts is also important, and reducing the risk of flooding is always a balance between doing the work quickly and getting it right for local people.

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    Quote Message: They want those defences to be safe, they want them to be technically sound, and the also don't want to push that water or problem elsewhere and they've also got to fit in with the community.
    Quote Message: All of that takes time to develop but clearly we do understand that people want that protection as soon as they can." from Stewart Mounsey
    Stewart Mounsey
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    Video caption: Homes cut off by flood after heavy rain hits Wales

    Two properties have been flooded for a second time since August after a river burst its banks.