During the past few decades the amount of water in the Volga Basin has gone from one extreme to the other. In the spring of 1979, 1994, 2006 and 2006, the river overflowed its banks, flooding hundreds of private houses.
New supermarkets in the area can reduce business for smaller shops. Pollution and congestion would be significantly less if consumers frequented their local shops, rather than travelling long distances to out-of-town shopping centres.
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