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Multiple reports of cars stuck in deep water as Suffolk flood warnings remain in place

PUBLISHED: 13:59 20 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:50 20 December 2019

Peugeot caught in the flood water on Lower Road in Lavenham  Picture: KARL GRIMWADE

Peugeot caught in the flood water on Lower Road in Lavenham Picture: KARL GRIMWADE

Flooding has hit roads across Suffolk and Essex, with flood warnings in place across much of the region.

The Met Office released a yellow weather warning for Suffolk and Essex this morning which warned of heavy rain leading to flooding.

They also advised that there could be travel disruption and drivers have reported several areas of flooding and standing water.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service have been called to multiple reports of vehicles being stranded in flooded roads.

This morning they were called at 9.34am to reports of a vehicle stuck in water on Low Road in Debenham.

Heavy flooding in Coddenham, Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHeavy flooding in Coddenham, Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

In more recent hours they have attended incidents across Suffolk in Little Blakenham, Foxearth, Hawkedon and Stradbrooke.

Some motorists have been able to free themselves from the waters whilst others have been rescued by the fire service - such as one unlucky car in Somersham Road, Little Blakenham, at 10.47am.

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The A12 by Woodbridge had a lot of standing water, making it difficult for drivers as the inside lane by Farlingaye High School is flooded.

Hadleigh is one town of many in Suffolk and Essex which as seen amber flood alerts issued yesterday Picture: PAUL BARTONHadleigh is one town of many in Suffolk and Essex which as seen amber flood alerts issued yesterday Picture: PAUL BARTON

Needham Market has also had areas underwater particularly under the railway bridge on the B1078 and Coddenham Road.

The A1124 near Halstead was flooded, with reports of a vehicle stuck in the water.

Suffolk police have reported flooding across numerous other roads including; the A14 at Sproughton on both side, the A1071 by Boxford, the A143 between Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds.

Also Church Road in Stowupland, Ipswich Road in Grundisburgh, Playford Road and Straight Road in Ipswich as well as the road between Ashfield and Kenton.

Junction 57 of the A14 has heavy flooding going on to the roundabout but is passable for traffic.

The road between Foxearth and Cavendish has been flooded by the River Stour.

Dallinghoo Road in Wickham Market has been left entirely submerged by the waters and others are being reported as the rain continues.

The A134 by Colchester has heavy traffic due to flooding in both directions on Haven Road.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court has also flooded, forcing most cases to be heard at Ipswich Crown Court on December 20.

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Flood warnings in place

Meanwhile the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for several areas across Suffolk.

- The Bumpstead Brook through Steeple Bumpstead to New England

- The Stour Brook from Haverhill to Sturmer

- The River Lark from Clopton to Martlesham

- The Chediston watercourse at Halesworth

The B1078 in Hemingstone, close to Ipswich, is submerged this morning Picture: KAREN BYRNANDThe B1078 in Hemingstone, close to Ipswich, is submerged this morning Picture: KAREN BYRNAND

Flood alerts have also been issued for six different locations:

- The River Colne from Great Yeldham to Colchester

- The Rivers Box and Brett

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

The junction of Aldeburgh Road and the B1353 (Aldringham Lane) is flooded, directly outside The Parrot pub. Sandbags are already lining the boundaries of homes in the road Picture: THE PARROT, ALDRINGHAMThe junction of Aldeburgh Road and the B1353 (Aldringham Lane) is flooded, directly outside The Parrot pub. Sandbags are already lining the boundaries of homes in the road Picture: THE PARROT, ALDRINGHAM

- The Rivers Deben and Lark

- The Rivers Blyth and Walpole and Chediston, Bramfield and Wrentham watercourses

- The Thorpeness Hundred River and the River Ore

A spokesman for Weatherquest said some areas will have received over an inch of rain today.

Pamela Oldfield's garden in Hitcham was struck with the worst flooding she has seen in the six years she has lived in the village Picutre: PAMELA OLDFIELDPamela Oldfield's garden in Hitcham was struck with the worst flooding she has seen in the six years she has lived in the village Picutre: PAMELA OLDFIELD

A spokesman for Suffolk highways said: "There is heavy rainfall currently across Suffolk and we encourage all road users to take caution and drive to the conditions of the road.

"If you come across a flooding emergency, which is making a road impassable or flooding a property, please call 0345 606 6171.

"For small-scale flooding, or standing water on the highway, please allow up to 48 hours for the water to disperse before reporting it to us.

"It has been a very wet winter so far, the ground is saturated which is making it difficult for water to soak away as well as it should. We encourage all to take extra care when travelling."

Flood on Dallinghoo Road in Wickham Market  Picture: PETER HADLEYFlood on Dallinghoo Road in Wickham Market Picture: PETER HADLEY

Have you experienced flooding this morning? Send us your photos at imagecurators@archant.co.uk

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