Below average rainfall in June still meant misery for residents of Sheerwater Close.
As a thunderstorm struck Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, closing Sainsburys, three families in the close watched as an overflowing drain flooded gardens then their homes.
Derek Malin said: “We had two-and-a-half feet of water in the gardens, then it flooded through the house. T
“It’s happened three times in about 12 years. We’ve asked the highways to investigate, but they haven’t.”
The gardens back onto the lowest part of Mount Road.
“In the bad storm on Saturday, water was spouting out of the gully out there,” he said.
A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said its Highways Department had no record of earlier incidents.
But she added: “We have instructed our contractor to check the drainage system on the affected street. It is hoped they will clear any blockages and report findings to us.
“The drainage system is relatively modern and so would be expected to deal with a range of rainfall events, but may sometimes fail to do so in exceptional circumstances. We understand that there was exceptional rainfall over the weekend.”
It was so exceptional, Sainsburys on Moreton Hall was forced to close on Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning after water cascaded through the roof over the tills.
Bury weather recorder Alan Messem said June saw six thunderstorms yet its 51.6mm of rain was below average. The wettest 24 hours was June 7 at 13.7mm in about 1.5 hours. On Saturday he recorded 11mm in 1.5 hours but says it could have been worse in some areas.
The 385mm total for the first six months of 2014 was the wettest since 2001 and is 107mm above average.