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Drought alerts remain despite rain and snow


Much of eastern England remains in a state of drought, despite winter rain and snow, the Environment Agency warned yesterday.

A broad region covering Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, west Norfolk and parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire is seriously water-stressed, with springs, rivers and wells drying up.

In North Norfolk, springs at an RSPB nature reserve have run dry, leaving less marshland for wading birds to feed on; domestic wells are drying up on the South Lincolnshire limestone with groundwater users being unable to abstract water; and the rivers Glen in Lincolnshire, Chess in Buckinghamshire and Coln in Gloucestershire have run dry in places.