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Who will close the floodgates? Bureaucracy, vested interests and waste threaten to undermine our flood defences.

n 200 to 300 years time high sea levels and increased rain fall may well have wrought far reaching, irrevocable change on patterns of flooding in England and Wales'. This was one of the conclusions of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee's report into flood and coastal defences, which was published last week.

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