HEAVY rain has caused flooding and chaos across Suffolk this morning.
Roads have flooded in West Suffolk, rivers have breached their banks and some schools have closed following the severe downpour overnight.
Firefighters says they have been ‘inundated’ with calls and crews in Bury St Edmunds were called to flooding related incidents throughout the area.
Police say that by 7.30am they had received around 35 calls from across the county with reports of flooded roads and, in some cases, stranded vehicles.
The west of the county, around Stowmarket, Onehouse, Cockfield, Rattlesden, Needham Market, Debenham, Bures and Coddenham were affected by high water levels and flooding across roads. At one point three lanes of the westbound A14 near junction 44, the Bedingfield Lane, Bury, exit, were flooded while Hollow Road, Bury, and Gipsy Lane, Horringer, were blocked,
Fire crews rescued people from cars car stranded in Nowton Road, Bury, the B1066 at Brockley and between Lower Somersham and Offton,
Fire officers helped move a bedridden person to safety and pumped two inches of water from a care home Hardings Lane in Norton, while Old Newton and Rattlesden Primary Schools were shut due to ‘severe flooding on access roads’.
The Greene King access road in Bury was closed and the A134 in Sicklesmere was under water this morning.
A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “We have had an extremely busy morning attending numerous flooding incidents and cars stuck in water.
“We advise to stay at home and if you do need to use your vehicle to get anywhere to not drive into any water due to the risk of getting stuck.
“If your property begins to flood please isolate your electrics and move your belongings to the second floor.”
More on flood warnings can be found on The Environment Agency website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk
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