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Britain gets respite from flooding crisis

Published on Feb 17, 2014 6:02 AM
 
A man pushes his bicycle past flood defence in Chertsey, southern England on Feb 16, 2014. Britain's flooding crisis eased on Sunday, with the arrival of drier weather following a series of fierce storms, while the government pledged to have the army conduct a rapid inspection of flood defences. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's flooding crisis eased on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014, with the arrival of drier weather following a series of fierce storms, while the government pledged to have the army conduct a rapid inspection of flood defences.

The country is counting the cost of storms that have claimed several lives and left tens of thousands of homes without power.

Despite the drier weather conditions, swathes of Britain remain on high alert as people struggle to protect homes from floodwaters, which are still expected to rise.

Britain's Environment Agency (EA) has 16 severe flood warnings in place for the south-west and the Thames Valley, with almost 150 flood warnings and 230 flood alerts.

 
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