Floods hit area as rivers burst their banks

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Constant rain and storms brought flooding to towns and villages last week, causing chaos for drivers and residents.

Villagers experienced floods in Glemsford, Bures, Cavendish and Clare while, in Lavenham, drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles at the bottom of Lower Road near the junction with Brent Eleigh Road.

Cafe owner Justine Lewis, who runs Bizzi Beans cafe in Long Melford, said roads from Glemsford to Hartest were badly affected on Friday, with torrents of river water coming off flooded fields.

“We stopped to talk to a woman on Duff Hill whose house has a stream at the back of it,” she said.

“The water was about three feet deep on the road, and she said it was beginning to come into her house.

“She said she had lived there for 20 years and it had only happened twice. The poor woman – I did feel very sorry for her.”

Elsewhere, the road between Cavendish and Clare was virtually impassable unless by four-wheel drive vehicle and, in Sudbury, the town’s water meadows looked like lakes as a result of weeks of wet weather.

Retired park ranger Bob Andrews, from Cross Street, Sudbury, said he noticed the river levels rising in the early hours of Saturday morning – the back of his home overlooks the water meadows.

He took some photographs on Saturday morning.

“The River Stour burst its banks and flooded Freeman’s Great Common and Freeman’s Little Common,” he said. “In fact, all five commons were under water.”

On the A134 at Newton, from the junction of the A1071 towards Sudbury, there were long queues of traffic on Friday due to water flowing off the water-logged fields.

Our thanks to readers who sent in their pictures of the floods.