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Local authorities warn of flash floods caused by global warming

Councils across the UK have launched awareness campaigns to highlight the devastating impact of flash floods.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is warning home owners and businesses to prepare against the risk of flash floods. This includes: regularly checking forecasts and knowing how to turn off gas, electricity and water.

They also advise having contingency plans in place for moving essential items upstairs.

Flash flooding can lead to an inch of rain falling in just 15 minutes and, the LGA says, it only takes 15cms of fast-flowing water to knock an adult over and 60cms to sweep away a 4×4 car or small lorry.

If there is a flash flood, councils warn, people should never try to walk or drive.

The advice comes as research suggests the nation’s summer weather is becoming more volatile and global warming…

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