The risk of flooding for many homes and businesses in England could quadruple by 2035, government advisers have claimed.
John Krebs, the chairman of a climate change advisory panel, said that this could be a reality unless more is done to tackle the impact of climate change.
"We must take adaptation more seriously if we are to manage the growing risks of floods and droughts," he explained.
Mr Krebs went on to say that more money should be invested in flood defences and water meters should be rolled out across the nation more quickly.
He said that serious consideration should be given to where and how housing and infrastructure is built from now on.
If the country fails to take these actions, it will face "rising costs, unnecessary damage and future disruption", Mr Krebs added.
According to the Met Office News Blog, so far this month, some areas of the UK have already received over 250 per cent of the average rainfall for July.
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