WATCH – Dramatic footage shows cars stuck in floods after downpour
PUBLISHED: 15:08 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 18:56 09 May 2019
CHARLIE AMY SCOTT
Roads across Suffolk including The Strand under the Orwell Bridge and Landseer Road in Ipswich have flooded – sparking traffic chaos.
Witnesses said motorists are currently having to drive through deep water or turn around and avoid the roads altogether.
The alarm was first raised about 2.30pm, when the nearby homeless bus shelter, Tiffers, took to social media to warn other road users that traffic was being turned away.
The route is the main road into the Shotley Peninsula from Ipswich. Other routes from Essex and nearby villages are still open.
Sudden heavy rain has caused drains to overflow and tides on the River Orwell to rise to unexpectedly high levels.
Holywells Road in Ipswich, which is near to the river, was shut after a vehicle became stuck in deep water shortly before 3pm.
A police spokeswoman said officers assisted a BMW 118 trapped in the road, which was subsequently closed.
There are also reports that other roads across the town are flooded, including Landseer Road.
Deluges after dry weather can often cause unexpected flooding on streets in built up areas.
Large volumes of rain dislodge debris on the street and this blocks drains and sewers.
Intermittent downpours are expected in Ipswich until 9pm today.
Drivers are advised to avoid areas that are flooded or likely to flood.
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