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Farsighted Report on Flooding Augurs Economic Waterloos

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Science  30 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5671, pp. 662
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5671.662b

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The annual cost of damage from floods in the United Kingdom could soar to about $48 billion--20 times the current figure--in the coming decades if drastic steps are not taken to deal with the threat, says a wide-ranging report commissioned by the government.