Flooding from sewage pumping station shuts major route through Woodbridge sparking ‘traffic chaos’

Traffic built up in Woodbridge while drivers tried to navigate through flood water. Picture: MELISSA

Traffic built up in Woodbridge while drivers tried to navigate through flood water. Picture: MELISSA KATHERINE - Credit: Archant

Drivers in Woodbridge have faced long delays this afternoon after a major route through the town became flooded.

The flood in Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON RUDLAND

The flood in Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON RUDLAND - Credit: Archant

Motorists trying to navigate across town via Quayside said a large amount of water had appeared on the road, particularly in the area close to the railway station and nearby Hamblin Road car park.

Police shut the road to traffic between Deben Road and Quay Street at around 4pm.

The road had fully re-opened as of 10pm, officers said.

Peter Hammond said the town was at a standstill when the closure was in place.

Flooding from the sewage station. Picture: SIMON RUDLAND

Flooding from the sewage station. Picture: SIMON RUDLAND


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He added: “Traffic has been bad with Woods Lane closed, but now Quayside Road is closed and the town is at a standstill.”

Simon Rudland took a photograph of a sewage pumping station, which he said was leaking.

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Other witnesses said this appeared to be the source of the flood.

Mr Rudland added: “It was total chaos, there was water all over the road.”

Flooding in Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON RUDLAND

Flooding in Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON RUDLAND - Credit: Archant

Police confirmed the road is still closed and that there was a problem with a pumping station close to the traffic lights near the East of England Co-op store.

They were called to the scene at 2.45pm.

A police spokesman said this afternoon: “We had reports that water was gushing out of the building, which we believe is a sewage pumping station.

“The road is completely unusable at the moment and railway have been advised, they’ve spoken to signalmen and residents living nearby have been asked to raise the level of any valuables they have.

“Suffolk Highways have now taken over the road closure, we had police tape across for a while to stop drivers going down.

“Anglian Water arrived at 4.03pm but said they needed two tankers to remove the water which would take at least another hour.”

An Anglian Water spokesman said: “We’re very sorry for the disruption caused in Woodbridge today.

“An issue affecting our pumping station caused water to overflow onto the road.

“We’ve now stopped the escape of water and will be cleaning up, removing the standing water using tankers.

“Our next priority will be to investigate what caused it.

They added: “Once again we are sorry for the disruption.”

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