Flooding near Haverhill as Government issues fresh warning

Heavy rain and thunder storms have caused flash floods on roads.

Heavy rain and thunder storms have caused flash floods on roads. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Roads on the Suffolk and Essex border have been hit with issues as a result of flooding.

The Government issued a flood warning this morning around the Haverhill area, with water levels having risen as a result of rain overnight and throughout the day.

Church Street in Withersfield is currently closed at the Queen Street junction, while the B1054 Blois Road in Steeple Bumpstead is blocked in both directions between the Chapel Street junction and the A1017 junction.

A statement on the Government website said: “Areas at immediate risk are at Haverhill and Sturmer. The peak of the river is now near Sturmer.

“River levels are likely to continue to rise slowly especially in the area of Haverhill.

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“Waterside properties are at risk in Haverhill, Broad Green and Sturmer, including the B1054, B1061 and the A143.

“We will continue to monitor levels closely.”

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Forecasters at Weatherquest have estimated that between 12-15mm of rain fell overnight and this morning.

Phil Garner, forecaster, said: “It’s been quite wet overnight and this morning with between 12-15mm of rain, so it was a wet start.

“For the next couple of days it’s a dry start tomorrow with showers returning, but overall we are expecting the amount of rain to be less.”

So far in the first 11 days of this month, around 45mm of rain has fallen – nearly the average 50mm expected for the whole of January.

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