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Environment Agency issues 100 severe flood warnings for England

The Environment Agency today issued severe flood warnings for 100 sections of England's coast and rivers.

The Agency's Severe Flood Warning is issued only when inundations that pose extreme danger to life and properties are expected.

Agency head of flood defences Craig Woolhouse told the BBC a combination of weather conditions - including heavy rain, snow melt and "tide-locking" of rivers caused by high tides - was causing the flooding in southern England.

In Somerset 20 people stranded in flood water were rescued from their cars.

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