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U.K.: England, Wales logs wettest winter since 1766, says Met Office

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England and Wales have endured the wettest winter since 1766, the Met Office said.

It said in a statement "new records have been set for many parts of the United Kingdom, with southeast and central southern England having seen well over double the rainfall expected in a normal winter," Reuters reported. The recent floods damaged businesses, crops, homes and disrupted transport. Analysts at Deloitte L.L.P. estimate repairs may cost Ł1 billion ($1.66 billion).

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