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The government’s flood plans don’t hold water—because of this fundamental problem

It's not just about increasing the amount of funding allocated. It's about whether that allocation meets need

By Polly Rippon  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks with a local woman pushing a wheelbarrow during a visit to Stainforth, Doncaster. Photo: PA

Boris Johnson’s recent visit to the flood-hit communities of South Yorkshire highlighted the human cost of last week’s ‘biblical downpour’ as he was confronted by angry residents.

TV images of heartbroken residents wading through their living rooms, camping out in community centres, existing on donated tins of food and roads resembling rivers are becoming all too familiar as the effects of global warming take hold. Forecasters warn that…

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