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Last Updated: Monday December 17 2007 07:16 GMT

Country wasn't ready for floods

Floods in Yorkshire in July

Loads of problems with flooding in England could have been avoided had the country been better prepared.

That's according to a report into the floods this summer, which left more than a hundred thousand homes without clean water and electricity.

Many houses were also so badly damaged by the water that the people who owned them still aren't able to live in them.

The report says both the government and members of the public need to be ready in case similar rain storms strike.

The people behind the report say there was no government plan for what to do across the country before the flooding started.

It also says people need to take more responsibility too, as some of them ignored flood warnings.

Yorkshire, Hull and Gloucestershire, where 140,000 homes were left without water, were among the areas worst hit.

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