Work has been completed to relieve flooding problems on a notorious east Suffolk road that is often impassable to motorists.

Staff from the Environment Agency have opened a channel linking Easton Broad to the sea near Southwold, with the aim to alleviate flooding at Potters Bridge on the B1127.

The bridge is often flooded during periods of heavy rainfall or high tides when water levels in the broad become too high and spill on to the road.

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At the end of October, the EADT revealed the agency had been granted a Magistrates' Court Warrant which would enable it to reinstate a drainage channel to stabilise water levels in the broad.

The work to reinstate this channel was completed on Tuesday, although the agency will be keeping the digger on site to enable ongoing maintenance to take place and reduce the potential damage to a farm track caused by moving the equipment back and forth.

East Anglian Daily Times: A channel has been dug between Easton Broad and the seaA channel has been dug between Easton Broad and the sea (Image: Submitted)Both Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey and East Suffolk councillor David Beavan had welcomed the news that the channel was being created.

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In October, Dr Coffey said: "I'm pleased that the Environment Agency has now obtained a Magistrates Court Warrant to access private land close to Easton Broad, to help relieve flooding on the B1127 at Potters Bridge. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Suffolk Coastal Mp Therese CoffeySuffolk Coastal Mp Therese Coffey (Image: Charlotte Bond)

"I’ve met and pressed the case with the Environment Agency on multiple occasions to expedite a solution on this, including encouraging them to use the powers available under the Water Resources Act. So, I’m glad action will now be taken."

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East Anglian Daily Times: The B1127 at Potters Bridge is regularly floodedThe B1127 at Potters Bridge is regularly flooded (Image: East Suffolk Council)Mr Beavan said the section of the road at Potters Bridge would eventually become tidal due to the movement of the sea, meaning motorists would have to pass during low tides.

In 2021, more than 300 people signed a petition calling for the road to be fixed following a spate of closures due to flooding.