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Record rain brings flood disruption to east’s roads

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Record breaking rainfall over 36 hours has led to localised flooding across Suffolk and Norfolk.

The Met Office had a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for heavy rain across the east from Monday afternoon until 2am this morning.

Today there are flood alerts on the Rattlesden River and River Gipping, around Stowmarket and Needham Market, and the Debden and Lark east of the A140.

Bury St Edmunds weather recorder Alan Messem found 26mm of rain in his gauge at 9am on Monday morning making it the wettest 24 hours since February 6, even though it had not started raining until midnight.

But this morning he found a further 29.6mm had fallen in 24 hours, bringing the two-day total to 55.6mm — almost four times the amount of rain he recorded in the whole of April.

Alan said: “The total for the month is now 123mm which exceeds the previous May high of 118mm in 2007.

“What’s noticeable is we’ve had five days with rain over 10mm and that’s not happened for 50 years.”

Monday was also the wettest day since June 28, 2011.

During Bury St Edmunds’ Tuesday morning rush hour, Newmarket Road was flooded at its junction with Bennett Avenue and in the evening, Compiegne Way was also partially flooded.

Suffolk Police said there had been about 40 reports of flooding and standing water in many parts of Suffolk including: on the A14 at Rougham and Stowmarket.

Norfolk County Council had 150 reports of flooding.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the joint Roads Policing Unit for Norfolk and Suffolk Police, said: “Standing water and heavy rainfall makes driving conditions hazardous and I would urge motorists to reduce speed, use headlights and increase the distance between you and the car in front.”

To check flood alerts visit the Environment Agency website

Weather warnings are at www.metoffice.gov.uk

 

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