Downpour hits Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 11:10 22 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK residents were hoping for respite today after more than 1,000,000 tonnes of water fell on Ipswich alone in 24 hours.

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SUFFOLK residents were hoping for respite today after more than 1,000,000 tonnes of water fell on Ipswich alone in 24 hours.

Torrential rain left the spirits of hundreds of football fans and motorists dampened as the weather ruined yesterday for many across the county.

Flash flooding across East Anglia caused chaos on the roads as Ipswich Town fans were desperately trying to make their way to see The Blues play Fulham.

As the A12 around Kelvedon became impassable, coachloads of fans were held up – many of them missing most of the first half because of the problems.

Despite desperate calls to Fulham by some of the fans, the club was unable to delay the kick off because it did not want fans open terraces getting any wetter.

And the misery did not end there – the journey home took some fans hours longer than normal as they tried to negotiate their way through huge floods that threatened to wash into the car.

Small towns and villages such as Kelvedon and Witham were jammed with traffic as motorists tried to find a way around the floods after the A12 was closed off.

Evening Star sports writer Elvin King said it was touch and go whether he made the match.

He said: "We did make it there but there were times when we thought we were not going to.

"In places we had to go through floods which nearly came into the car."

Philip Ham editor of Ipswich Town fanzine, Those Were the Days said: "It was a real problem getting back.

"I ended up going into Witham and phoning my dad to check on Ceefax which roads were closed off."

Across Suffolk events were being cancelled because of the torrential downpours.

However some people battled their way through to make sure that their event went ahead.

Hardy runners were not to be beaten at the Martlesham 10k road race and fun run, or at the 15th St. Joseph's College Rugby Festival where both events went ahead.

Suffolk Fire Service said they were inundated with calls from around midday yesterday, particularly in the Haverhill area where many premises and roads were flooding.

Essex Fire Service was also tackling a huge volume of calls throughout the day and was still receiving calls today.

Eight flood warnings are now in place on rivers across Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent.

Between 50 and 60mm of rain fell in parts of those regions yesterday and there are warnings of more to come.

Evening Star weatherman Ken Blowers said that more than an inch of rain had fallen on Ipswich over the weekend equating to more than one million tonnes of water.

He said: "Since January we have had more than 10 inches over the average rainfall for that period.

"There is more rain to come this evening which is not going to improve things.

"More rain and showers are on the way for the rest of the week and there is no dry weather to come."

n. For more on the Martlesham run see page 7 and for full reports of the 15th St. Joseph's College Rugby Festival see page 37.

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