Staff from Suffolk County Council responded to 172 emergency reports and pumped 2.5million litres of water away from roads as Storm Babet swept the county.

On Friday, October 20, Suffolk was hit by heavy rain and high winds, which flooded many parts of the county, leaving roads impassable and at least 200 homes uninhabitable.

The extreme weather placed extra pressure on local authorities, which helped to coordinate the emergency response and have been working to repair the damage caused since the storm passed.

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A county council spokesperson said: “Suffolk Highways teams have been working around the clock to repair issues on the roads brought about by Storm Babet.

"This includes increasing our resource to prioritise clearing debris, cleansing drainage gullies and repairing potholes.

"The team received and responded to 172 emergency reports during Storm Babet, and so far has pumped away 2.5 million litres of water away from roads, cleared 53 tonnes of debris and removed 19 fallen trees."

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Concerns had been raised prior to the storm that drains had not been properly cleared, with a poster to a Framlingham Facebook group showing a photo of a blocked drain in the town.

But the spokesperson added: “We carry out regular gully cleansing clearing 111,000 gullies last year, whilst also resolving 140 flood issues through drainage improvement schemes.

"It is an ongoing programme of work for our highways staff and we are investing an additional £10 million into additional resource.

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“Our efforts are focused on the worst hit areas and we continue to ask residents to report any issues to us via our reporting tool.

“We thank you for your patience during this time.”

Storm Ciarán is set to arrive in Suffolk this week, with strong winds forecast.

Several weather warnings have already been issued between Wednesday and Friday.