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Floods across Suffolk after heavy rainfall

PUBLISHED: 14:03 14 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:41 15 November 2019

Pykenham Way in Hadleigh has flooded due to the excessive rain overnight. Picture: SHARON SEAGER

Pykenham Way in Hadleigh has flooded due to the excessive rain overnight. Picture: SHARON SEAGER

SHARON SEAGER

Suffolk was hit by serious flooding yesterday after a deluge of rain lashed the county.

This picture shows the flooding in Friday Street, Aldeburgh. Picture: LIZ ROPERThis picture shows the flooding in Friday Street, Aldeburgh. Picture: LIZ ROPER

Several roads in were left completed flooded, leaving cars unable to get through.

Aldeburgh was badly affected, with both Friday Street and Aldringham Lane completely cut off by the excessive rainfall.

Aldringham village also suffered serious flooding, with the road outside the Parrot pub completely covered with water.

Chris Theobold, landlord of the Parrot, said he has seen flooding get worse over time and fears for the future of the business.

He said: "I can't express enough the concern I have for my business as we head in to winter.

"Currently the pub itself isn't flooding but with the situation worsening every time it rains it is just a matter of time.

"Every time a vehicle comes through the water it causes waves that damage my fence and then floods the garden. "

Hadleigh Library also fell victim to the rain when its roof gave way to a leak, closing the building for the day.

Meanwhile, flooding affected rail users in the county after trains running on the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft were replaced by a bus service after flooding in Brampton.

A Suffolk Highways spokesman said its teams had been out to close the road outside the Parrot pub and had put up signs warning motorists of the disruption.

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"Once the water has dispersed, our contractors will attend to carry out temporary works to further alleviate the flooding," she said.

"A long-term drainage solution is required at this location which will potentially involve work on private land.

"We fully appreciate the frustration and concerns with the ongoing problem however, proposals have been discussed and will require agreement with landowners before the final solution can be delivered.

"This site is a high priority and funding has been allocated in the 2020/21 planned drainage programme.

"Over the last few days, many parts of the country has experienced heavy rainfall, including parts of Suffolk.

"With the amount of rainfall we have seen, areas of flooding and standing surface water are unavoidable, but will drain

away.

"We would ask Suffolk residents to drive to the conditions of the road and allow around 48 hours for water to disperse before reporting it to us."

The area will be bracing itself for more flooding today as rain is expected to fall again throughout the afternoon.

According to the MET Office, there is a 50-60% chance of rain through the evening.

However, the showers look to come to an end on Saturday, with forecasters predicting a much drier weekend.

To report flooding to Suffolk Highways, call 0345 606 6171.

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