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Flash flooding hits Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 16:10 09 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

FLASH flooding has caused chaos across most parts of Ipswich.

A storm, which began at about 2pm, prompted the fire service to be inundated with calls from people needing help.

FLASH flooding has caused chaos across most parts of Ipswich.

A storm, which began at about 2pm, prompted the fire service to be inundated with calls from people needing help.

The eastern side of town appeared to be more severely affected than the west.

The ambulance service was called to a house in Martlesham which was struck by lightning.

It was reported that patients and staff had to be evacuated from parts of Ipswich Hospital, where several inches of water flooded the corridors.

The torrential downpour, thunder and lightning hit as many workers returned to offices after their lunch breaks.

Floods on Grimwade Street and St Helens Street were about a foot deep in places, bringing cars to a standstill.

Traffic was also backed up along Spring Road and Fore Hamlet by 2.30pm.

Landseer Road aand Westerfield Road were also badly affected.

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