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UK - It may become too expensive to protect homes from flooding, Environment Agency says

England has to ‘keep assessing’ if it can ‘afford to protect different parts of the landscape’, top official says

It may become too expensive to protect homes at risk of flooding or coastal erosion due to the impacts of the climate crisis, the head of the Environment Agency has warned.

Emma Howard Boyd told The Times this may lead to houses having to be sacrificed.

It comes after Environmental Agency, which oversees protection of the environment in England, said last year traditional flood defences would not be able to prevent all flooding and coastal erosion.

It also warned the climate crisis - which leads to heavier rainfall and rising sea levels - was worsening the risk of floods across the UK.

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