Rain...flooding – just another typical summer bank holiday in Suffolk

Traffic chaos caused by flooding on the A143 near Bury St Edmunds.

Traffic chaos caused by flooding on the A143 near Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

The final summer bank holiday of the year was a wash out, causing traffic chaos in parts of Suffolk, with roads flooding and cars getting stuck.

Flash Flooding in Icklingham.

Flash Flooding in Icklingham. - Credit: Gregg Brown

The worst-hit areas were to the west and north of the county, with road closures in Mildenhall and other roads barely passable near Bury St Edmunds due to surface-water flooding.

Mildenhall, where Mill Street was closed for several hours by police, saw an estimated 25mm of rainfall yesterday – the wettest place in the whole of the country.

Bury saw around 12mm to 16mm. To the south of the county just over 6mm to 8mm of rain was recorded, with most seeing a comparatively dryer day.

The wet weather caused queues of traffic on the A143 just outside Bury, which was hosting the second day of the popular Food and Drink Festival. The A14 westbound near junction 43 was also closed briefly after surface water caused a car to aquaplane.

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Yesterday is set to be the wettest this week but, according to Weatherquest forecaster Dan Holley, the sun will not be coming back in force any time soon.

He said: “It has certainly been very wet today in the region, particularly in Norfolk and the north of Suffolk.

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“Large parts of Suffolk only saw around 6mm, which is fairly normal compared to parts of Norfolk which had already seen 20mm by the morning.

“The wettest parts of Suffolk have been the likes of Mildenhall and Bury, in the mid northwest of the county. The rain has just been pretty constant all day.

“We have a high pressure sitting to the west of the UK, which is bringing down colder weather from the Atlantic. A high pressure does not always mean nice sunny days. It is going to be dryer on Tuesday and Wednesday, still with showers but mostly dry.

“As we go into the weekend it will become dryer still, probably with a few showers hanging around the coastal areas.

“We can’t expect any sun at the weekend, it will most likely be very cloudy but dry and temperatures during the day of 16C to 18C and dropping into single figures at night.”

Several Environment Agency flood warnings remained in place last night across both Essex and Suffolk due to expected high tides. Affected areas include the coast from Felixstowe to Clacton including Orwell and Stour estuaries, and on to St Peters Flat including the Colne and Blackwater estuaries. The tidal River Deben estuary was also subject to a warning.

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