Failed flood defences cast doubt on UK readiness for new weather era

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Army called in and thousands evacuated after homes and businesses are hit by ‘unprecedented’ water levels in northern England
Britain’s ability to cope with the “unprecedented” flood crises that hit several urban centres simultaneously over the weekend has been called into question after the failure of key flood defences in the north led to thousands of homes being put at risk.
Three cities were hit by the severe weather, alongside scores of towns and villages, forcing the evacuation of thousands in what David Cameron described as an unprecedented situation. Three hundred troops were in the worst-hit areas on Sunday, with a further 200 soldiers on the way. Continue reading…