Artctic snow to follow deluge

APRES la deluge…arctic snow.That was the grim warning from weather experts today as the risk from flooding across the county dips from red alert.Ken Blowers warned today warn "Arctic" snow will soon be on its way.

IF you think the recent deluge means good weather for ducks, then think again.

When the River Brett burst its banks two days ago, it turned Linda Davies' ornamental garden pond in Monks Eleigh into an ocean.

Fearing her beloved ducks would use the waterway as an escape route, Mrs Davies has been forced to keep them locked up.

The imprisoned ducks, Jacob, Jemima, Webster and Wanda, have joined pet rabbit Pierre and four chickens, all taking refuge on dry land.

Mrs Davies said: "They would love it if I let them out but I simply dare not. If they got as far as the river, that would be it, I would lose them.

"Pierre, the rabbit, is locked in a studio at the end of the house, he's making a mess but what else can I do?"

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The ducks and the chickens are currently housed in rabbit hutches on high ground near to the bungalow.

Mrs Davies is keeping herself and her animals dry with a barricade of plastic sheeting and sandbags as well as keeping three garden pumps on full.

Being a bungalow dweller means neither Mrs Davies nor her pets can take refuge upstairs.

She said: "The worst time is at night when it's pitch black and you can hear the water lashing around outside."

But the good news for the treasured pairs of White Call ducks is their incarceration should soon be over.

Weather experts are today predicting a let up in rain but with the grim warning snow is on its way.

Ken Blowers warned today warn "Arctic" snow will soon be on its way.

A total of 128 flood warnings were still in place across the country today - 43 in East Anglia.

Flood warnings in Suffolk are expected to stay in place for the next 48 hours along the rivers Gipping and Waveney.

In Essex, where the fire service received 200 calls in the last 36 hours, flood warnings were in place along the rivers Crouch, Chelmer and Colne.

But today Evening Star weatherman Ken Blowers warned really bad weather is yet to come.

He said: "The threat of rain will decrease today and lessen over the coming days. However, a cold air stream from the Arctic will cause daytime temperatures to plummet.

"After the weekend the weather will get worse everyday and there is a strong likelihood of snow from Monday onwards. It will be much more than the recent cold snap and people can expect frost on their cars in the mornings."

Several rivers across burst their banks yesterday putting thousands of acres of farmland underwater and flooding many minor roads.

The River Brett near Hadleigh flooded land in front of Babergh District Council's Corks Lane offices and left the Kersey Mill and Maltings business marooned.

Somersham was cut off to traffic on the Ipswich side and villagers in Cavendish, Glemsford, Long Melford and Lavenham used sandbags to try to stem the rising tide of flood water.

In Bury St Edmunds, the water meadows were nearly totally submerged and the Greene King road was closed due to flooding.

An angler died yesterday after he was swept off a pier in Amble,

Northumberland, during horrendous weather conditions and into heavy seas, police said.

A combined helicopter and lifeboat rescue failed to save the 45-year-old local man.

Police were investigating the possibility that rain was a contributory

factor in the death of an 18-year-old woman killed in a road accident.

Faye Andrews, a solicitor's office clerk from Brentwood, Essex, died when her Renault Clio and a Ford Mondeo collided on the A128 at Stifford, Essex, on Wednesday.

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