Futures Forum: The decline of the British front garden: "There's an environmental cost. Paving increases the risk of flash flooding - instead of grass and soil soaking up moisture, it runs straight off paving and overwhelms drainage systems."
It's happening in Sidmouth:
Futures Forum: Urban runoff and flooding in Sidmouth... Relying on 'Victorian plumbing' or building on soakaways...
And it's happening in Exeter:
Exeter rainfall to increase by 73 per cent - and your paved garden will make the city flood
Exeter rainfall to increase by 73 per cent - and your paved garden will make the city flood | Exeter Express and Echo
(Greater) Exeter area rainfall expected to increase by 73% say researchers | East Devon Watch