counting the cost of deluges

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Hull was the worst affected local authority in the country in the June floods of 2007, with more than 8,000 homes and hundreds of businesses affected. Some 6,019 homes and 93 business were damaged in the East Riding.

More than five million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea

One property in six in England and Wales is at risk of flooding

March 2012 was the fifth driest March on record in the UK, with 36.4mm of rain, compared to the average of 95.9mm

April 2012 was the wettest in the UK since 1910, on Met Office figures.