Flooding near West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds will lead to accident residents warn

Flooding in Stamford Court, Bury St Edmunds
Flooding in Stamford Court, Bury St Edmunds
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Heavy rain led to floods near West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, which residents have said is dangerous, and likened to a swimming pool.

The bottom of Vinery Road near Stamford Court – one of only two ways in to the hospital, was flooded on Sunday morning after weekend downpours.

Residents living nearby say despite there being a flood plain off the road, there is a problem with the drainage and have asked Suffolk County Council to come up with a solution.

Frank Bowyer, 66, for Vinery Road said: “It is like that everytime in rains. It has been like that for years.

“Sunday it was right across the road. It looked like a swimming pool.

“I’ve been splashed a few times walking to the shop. It’s a bit dangerous in my opinion.”

Another resident who asked not to be named said: “The water laps up onto the footpath down near Tesco.

“Pedestrians keep getting drenched and there is potential for an accident there.

“It is a problem that just keep occuring. It needs addressing.

“It is quite a busy road, particularly when staff are leaving the hospital or at school closing times.

“Ambulances use the road, and there is a bus stop there.

“Just over the road is a drainage ditch and a river. It looks like a straight forward solution.”

Veerasingam Sulosan, a team leader at the nearby Tesco Express store was working on Sunday.

He said he believes blocked drains are the cause of the flooding.

“Customers were coming in complaining about the flooding,” he said.

“I’ve been working here for two years and every time there is heavy rain it always floods the road. There is a risk of a car accident. It is dangerous.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “Our highways department have said that the team are aware of the problem and are due to carry out investigations looking into improving the drainage system as soon as the current levels of water have subsided so they can see a clear route.”