Car stranded as flood waters rise

A CAR was nearly submerged as flood waters rose near Stowmarket today.Wet weather was causing problems on Suffolk's roads, with flooding in a number of areas.

A CAR was nearly submerged as flood waters rose near Stowmarket today.

Wet weather was causing problems on Suffolk's roads, with flooding in a number of areas.

In Wash Lane at Combs a car was stuck in the rising waters and initially trapped the occupants inside.

They were freed by passers by and were out of the vehicle by the time police and paramedics arrived at about 10.30am.

The Volkswagen Polo was driving through a dip in the road when it got stuck in the water.

Suffolk's heaviest downpour in five months was the cause of this weekend's flooding.

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The area around Ipswich recorded 1.1 inches of rain during the early hours of this morning - making it the heaviest rainfall since the autumn.

Evening Star weatherman Ken Blowers said: “The last heavy rain was on October 9 last year when 1.14 inches fell.”

The Environment Agency has issued a series of flood warnings and as a string of flood watch warnings. Among them were the river Gipping in Ipswich, upstream of the London Road bridge, and the Gipping downstream of Needham Market, including Bramford.

In Stowmarket the rising waters breached flood defences at Coombs Lane near where it meets Finborough Road.

Send photographs of flooding in your area to starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.