How Slough will follow in Wuhan's footsteps by becoming a 'sponge' town

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Sky News

The Berkshire town is best known as the subject of John Betjeman's poem of the same name - and the location of sitcom The Office.

But after securing a share of a £150m government fund to improve waterway defences and coastal resilience, it is now taking on the Chinese "sponge city" concept to tackle flooding from the River Thames.

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Slough is one of 25 areas across England to benefit from the government's new flood and coastal resilience innovation programme.

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"The project will take the innovative Chinese 'sponge city' concept to address the challenges of surface water and river flooding in a heavily urbanised environment," DEFRA said in a statement.

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Managed by the Environment Agency, England's new flood resilience programme will also see an app to monitor flood levels for residents in Buckinghamshire and AI sensor technology to measure them in Northumberland.

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