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Flooding at properties in Sicklesmere and Great Whelnetham after heavy rain




Properties in villages near Bury St Edmunds have been hit by flooding following heavy rain this afternoon.

A fire crew from Bury St Edmunds attended the scene of flooding, in Bury Road, Sicklesmere, after being called at 3.32pm.

A spokeswoman said the flooding was 'knee height' and is believed to have been caused by a blocked drain.

Water seeps through the home of Mark and Michelle Snelling in Great Whelnetham (36812992)
Water seeps through the home of Mark and Michelle Snelling in Great Whelnetham (36812992)

This afternoon, a Suffolk Highways spokesman said they were sending a subcontractor with a tanker to 'alleviate some of the water'.

Meanwhile, Mark and Michelle Snelling, have been hit by flooding at their home, in St Thomas' Way, Great Whelnetham.

Mr Snelling, 44, said other properties have been affected and the flooding was caused by blocked drains.

Water seeps through the home of Mark and Michelle Snelling in Great Whelnetham (36812994)
Water seeps through the home of Mark and Michelle Snelling in Great Whelnetham (36812994)

"It was literally four inches up the glass of our French doors and it has put our entire downstairs under water from the back door to the front door," he said earlier today.

"It's about an inch (of water) in the house. It's still damaged every floor covering and got into every skirting board.

He said his wife, 41, has a severe lung condition and is unable to stay in the house due to the damp.

Mr Snelling added: "I got made redundant last week. There's never a right time for something like this but during a pandemic is probably the worst time for it."

Anglian Water was called to the scene of both incidents.


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