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Home flooded after straw blocks drains

As the flood recedes, a 'tide line' can be seen on the house wall above door step level
Pictures by Jane Parry

As the flood recedes, a 'tide line' can be seen on the house wall above door step level Pictures by Jane Parry

A couple with a new baby awoke to find their home flooded after straw blocked drains in the road outside.

Now the owner of their rented home in London Road, Brandon, has called on hauliers to take more care when transporting straw through towns.

The young mother, who did not want to be named, said she had heard heavy rain at about 4am on Monday, but it was only when she got up that she found the downstairs floors sodden.

She said. “I thought we had a leak, but I opened the door to let the dog out and he went out and froze because the water was up to his tummy.

“It looked like a tornado had gone through the garden.”

The couple’s rugs, baby toys, computers and cars were damaged by the water.

The house’s owner Jane Parry said that while neighbouring houses had flooded gardens, her house had been flooded because it was lower than the road and had a walled garden that trapped the water.

“You can see a tide mark on the house,” she said. “There was about 18in of water there.”

In the road she found drain covers blocked with straw.

“Somebody’s got to take responsibility,” she added. “If they’re taking straw through the town it should be in suitable vehicles.

“This was a horrible experience for a young couple with a baby.”

County councillor Reg Silvester said there had been problems with drains further along London Road, but he had never known this area to flood.

“It did come down that night,” he said. “I think the rain washed straw from other parts of the town to a low point. It’s covered three or four drains.”

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said its contractors would remove the straw and clean the drain gullies.

Visit www.buryfreepress.co.uk for pictures of the damage.

 

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