Torrential rain caused flash flooding across Suffolk and hit Sudbury particularly hard, causing businesses to close, homes to flood and roofs to collapse.
Melford Road was left resembling a river with the roundabout at the junction with the A134 described as “almost impassable”.
“Everyone was waiting to use one side of the road as it was slightly shallower,” said resident Jackie Jordan, who witnessed the flooding.
Such was the speed of the downpour, water struggled to drain off paved areas, causing homes to be flooded in East Street, Raleigh Road and Raleigh Close.
“We all got flooded,” said Julie Smith, who lives in East Street.
“My neighbours either side got it worse than me.”
One disabled resident in East Street has been forced to live in the upstairs of her house after waist-high flood water destroyed her recently-decorated ground floor.
The Horse and Groom pub, also in East Street, was left to clear a flooded cellar.
Two foot of water in the cellar and a further foot of water in the kitchen left the pub having to throw away stock valued at £2,000.
Elsewhere across the town, several shops and supermarkets were caught out by the sudden nature of the downpour.
Farm Foods in Northern Road suffered a partial collapse of its roof, while minor damage was also caused at Waitrose, where a leak in a ceiling panel caused water to pour on to the shop floor.
A spokesman for the store said: “The affected ceiling panel didn’t fall so customers weren’t impacted by the leak and it was not over an area where we offer food.
“The quick actions of our staff ensured that minimal stock was affected, enabling us to continue serving.”
At McColl’s on Market Hill, a number of ceiling tiles fell down. Luckily, staff were on hand to put buckets out to collect the water.
Trainee manager Guy Enfield said that if the shop had been closed at the time, it would have been a “huge problem”.
“The stock would have been ruined,” he said.