Midlands out of drought

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THE Midlands is no longer in a drought, according to the Environment Agency.

The region – along with south west England and parts of Yorkshire – is officially drought-free following weeks of heavy rain.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The Met Office announced that last month was the wettest April since records began.

“The rainfall has restored many rivers and reservoirs – easing the pressure on the environment – and has been welcomed by farmers, gardeners and water companies.”

The spokesman added the Environment Agency will continue to keep drought status under “continuous review”.