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United Kingdom: Residents face devastation with neither flood defences nor respite from the rain

Guardian: The river Yarrow has been a friend to Croston in Lancashire for centuries, with St Michael's church and its old school built close to the banks, along with the rectory, smithy and farms which saw no need to retreat to higher ground. But three times since 1987, the sought-after village near Preston has been swept by flooding, most recently in June when 70 houses were damaged, some very seriously, by a sewage-laced torrent. Engineer Peter Thomas stands in the wreckage of his family's living room,...