UPDATED: Flood warnings and alerts remain in place after heavy rain

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Flood warnings and alerts remain in place across West and Mid Suffolk following yesterday’s heavy rain.

The Environment Agency put up a flood warning for the River Lark from Sicklesmere to Bury St Edmunds.

A post on its website at 7.17pm last night reads: “River levels on the River Lark are high due to rainfall over the past 24 hours. Further rain tonight and tomorrow is not likely and water levels are likely to peak overnight and stabilise.”

A flood warning was posted for the River Brett from, and including Lavenham to Higham at 7.46pm.

The peak of the river is near Cockfield and river levels are likely to stabilise and then fall through the night. Locations are affected in Lavenham, Brent Eleigh, Monks Eleigh, Chelsworth, Semer, Ash Street, Kersey Mill, Hadleigh, Upper Layham, and Shelley.

Another was issued for the River Kennett from Ousden to Freckenham at 5.29pm.

A flood warning remains for Rattlesden River from Rattlesden to Combs Ford.

The Environment Agency said: “Levels on the Rattlesden River remain high. The peak of the river is now at Stowmarket. We expect levels to remain high overnight although no significant rainfall is expected over the next six hours.

“Properties are at risk in Lower Street, Rattlesden, the Ford at Wash Lane, Onehouse and around Ford Bridge, Combs Ford.”

Meanwhile, flood alerts, which mean flooding is possible, remain for areas including:

- Rattlesden River and River Gipping through and including Stowmarket and Needham Market

- River Lark from Fornham St. Martin to Isleham and the River Kennett from Ousden to Freckenham

- River Gipping from downstream of Needham Market to upstream of London Road Bridge, Ipswich

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said they had received reports of flooding in areas including:

- River Lark and Kennett and Sicklesmere to Bury St Edmunds

- Needham Market - the bridge that runs over Coddenham B1078

- River Kennett - Ousden to Freckenham

- River Brett - Lavenham to Higham, Brent Eleigh including A1079 at Hadleigh

A spokesman added: “We have taken a number of calls from people who have driven into flood water requesting our assistance. Please drive with care and do not enter flooded roads. Not all the roads are signposted so please be vigilant.”

Visit environment-agency.gov.uk for more details.