Drought and high temperatures could increase subsidence

The drought and high temperatures could vastly increase the number of homes affected by subsidence, the Local Government Association (LGA) said this week. Council leaders warned that trees planted near homes will suck up remaining water table fluid and cause subsidence as soil dries out. In 2003, the UK's hottest summer to date, insurers reported £400 million in subsidence claims. Trees and shrubs too close to homes are to blame for 70 per cent of this, the LGA claimed.

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