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Can we expect more rain?

The UK is more at risk of heavy downpours than ever before, according to new research.

The Met Office says that there is an increased risk of the sort of flooding that caused misery for people in the winter of 2014.

The new study says there is a one in three chance of monthly rainfall records being broken now, and it is all because of global warming and climate change.

I have certainly noticed that when it rains these days, it is much heavier and lasts for a lot longer than what I remember from 10 to 20 years ago.

I have seen the devastating effects that flooding can cause, having previously lived in the Lake District, which is in the wettest county in the country.

I have seen homes and businesses destroyed and the road network almost being ripped apart because of incessant floodwater.

The effect flooding has on peoples’ lives is devastating. Once floodwater enters your property, it destroys all your belongings, carpets and furniture, and homeowners have to start again to replace everything.

That costs a lot of time and money, and it is often unsafe to even enter a property that has been flooded.

It cost £1billion for the clean-up back in 2014, and that was just in the Thames Valley, let alone the other areas that had been affected.

As well as these events becoming more frequent, experts say the amount of rainfall that comes down during these extreme events could be even higher than what happened in 2014.

This is an issue that the Government and ministers absolutely have to get a grip of.

With flooding, prevention will be much cheaper than what it costs to deal with the aftermath, so this is money that simply has to be spent to protect peoples’ homes and livelihoods.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40683302

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