Could snowmen prevent flooding?

The Environment Agency changed its mind on Thursday, saying that building snowmen wouldn't significantly reduce the risk of flooding.

A spokesman had said that building snowmen could reduce the risk, because compacted snow melts more slowly.

But the agency has now confirmed that snowmen won't make much difference.

It says that while building snowmen is great fun, it's unlikely to make a big enough difference to the overall rate at which the snow melts.

But some experts have said that there is some truth in the idea.

Dr Dr Sim Reaney, a geography expert at the University of Durham, says: "The more you pile up snow, the longer it takes to melt.

But, he says, there's so much snow all over the country, "if everybody made a snowman, it doesn't actually take up that much snow."

To significantly reduce the risk of flooding, it seems we'd all have to build many millions of snowmen.

By the amount of pictures you've been sending us of snowmen - it's obvious you guys still love making them.

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