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Village wants flood risk recognition

VILLAGE leaders in Flax Bourton are calling for the parish to be included as a priority area in a district-wide flood strategy.

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Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

£5,000 grants available for Uttlesford’s flooded homes and businesses

Homeowners and businesses that have been affected by flooding in Uttlesford are now able to apply to the district council for up to £5,000 towards flood prevention and resilience measures.

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A flood warden replacing sand bags outside premises on the quay at Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Winter was Norfolk’s worst-ever for gales

This winter saw the UK battered by the heaviest rainfall and most frequent severe gales on record this winter, according to scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Martin Mehmet, right, with other volunteers clearing up after the floods at Hemsby. Photo: Bill Smith

East Norfolk beaches are open for business after bouncing back from December storm

East Norfolk’s popular beaches are ready to welcome tourists for the Easter holidays after taking a battering in the December tidal surge.

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Action is needed now to prevent future flooding in St Albans

Reporting blocked gullies on St Albans roads is “an absolute waste of time” according to a district councillor who blamed recent flooding on poor maintenance.

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John Preston, 63, owns the house in Northgate Street in which his daughter, Rachel Preston, 27, lives with a lodger. They have criticised Suffolk County Council for failing to fix a two drain gullies which threatens to flood the house during heavy downpours.

Bury St Edmunds: Homeowner blaims council for blocked drains and broken gullies that are causing rainwater to flood into the cellar of his property

Blocked drains and broken gullies are causing a house to flood according to a Bury St Edmunds businessman, who has pinned the blame on Suffolk County Council.

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London can expect a balmy weekend (Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Temperatures in London set to hit 17C in warm, sunny weekend

Temperatures in London could reach as high as 17C this weekend, forecasters have said.

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Holes have opened up in the planters along South Quay. Pic: LC

Could sink hole appear under Yarmouth’s historic South Quay?

Gaping voids under Great Yarmouth’s historic quayside have worried heritage buffs that it could be at risk of collapsing.

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Helen Grant MP - Maidstone and the Weald MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Equalities and Tourism

Maidstone MP Helen Grant to host roundtable talks over flood problems

Meeting with councils, the Environment Agency and emergency services

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Flood alerts for Suffolk and Essex coast

Suffolk/Essex: Flood alerts put in place for counties’ coast and Deben estuary

The Environment Agency has put two flood alerts in place for Suffolk and Essex.

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Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis. Picture: James Bass.

MPs prepare to take on 999 teams in fundraising football match in Great Yarmouth

Emergency crews are preparing to take on a team of political players when they step onto the pitch for a fundraising game of football in aid of flood victims.

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Essex Young Farmers Club sending hay and straw to farners in Somerset.

Essex Young Farmers Club show their support for flood-hit colleagues in Somerset

Young Farmers have been coordinating an aid effort for their counterparts in flood-hit Somerset.

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Flood scenes at Station Road, Feniton, last Friday.

Feniton residents band together to battle floods

Community spirit was alive and well in Feniton as residents banded together to battle the latest deluge of rain that caused flooding in the village.

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Feniton feels the affects of the deluge of rain.

Feniton residents band together to battle the floods

Community spirit was alive and well in Feniton as residents banded together to battle the latest deluge of rain that caused flooding in the village.

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Winds brought down a tree that blocked Station Road

Storm leaves legacy of chaos

WILD weather wreaked havoc again last week as a major clean-up operation took place following unrelenting storms – with more forecast.

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View live coverage of the aftermath of the storm surge that hit the Suffolk and Essex coast overnight on Thursday.

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Gallery: Bury St Edmunds campaigner’s calls for better flood defences ignored for 30 years

A campaigner who says he has demanded better flood defences for 30 years has criticised the authorities after his and his neighbours’ homes were left just inches away from ruin.

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Suffolk: County will have to put up with more bad weather for another week

Suffolk will have to endure at least another week of heavy rain, strong winds and possible flooding.

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Dave Hughes highlights the treasure that is Eye Castle.

Gallery: James Marston discovers more about one of Suffolk’s most historic buildings - Eye Castle

Turn off the busy A140 and it’s just a few miles into the countryside to the charming Suffolk town of Eye. And here, almost hidden in the ancient streets, is one of Suffolk’s most historic buildings.

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Fallen tree in Beatrice Avenue Felixstowe, because of St Judes Storm

Gallery: UK power networks keep an ever watchful eye on the weather

Flooding fears continue to plague Britain as another band of persistent rain and heavy wind heads towards the UK.

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Floods of 1953

It is 60 years since a sea surge battered the east coast of Britain, leaving 307 people dead. The flooding that devastated coastal communities on December 31/February 1, 1953 is still described as Britain’s worst peacetime disaster and, for those who survived, the memories are just as vivid now as they were the morning after.

Here, those who were living along the East Anglian coast at the time relive that night of horror and share their memories of how their communities coped in the aftermath.

Extracts from a letter written on February 3 1953 from someone in Southwold during the time of the floods.

Floods of 1953: Hand-written letter from Southwold reveals storm horror

A DRAMATIC first-hand account of the devastating 1953 floods has been made public by staff at a Suffolk brewery.

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