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Flood clear up continues

PUBLISHED: 11:35 24 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

MOPPING up continues today as the worstfloods the region has seen for up to 30 years at last begin to recede.

As flood waters which reached the highest levels for twenty to thirty years in East Anglia lower, warnings for rivers in north Essex around the Braintree area have been downscaled today, after two days of severe flood warnings since torrential downpours on Sunday.

MOPPING up continues today as the worstfloods the region has seen for up to 30 years at last begin to recede.

As flood waters which reached the highest levels for twenty to thirty years in East Anglia lower, warnings for rivers in north Essex around the Braintree area have been downscaled today, after two days of severe flood warnings since torrential downpours on Sunday.

According to Environment Agency statistics, rainfall in Suffolk has far exceeded the average of 90mm for October this year. More than a fifth of this total has fallen in the last three days alone.

More rain is said to be out its way and caution is being advised.

Flood warnings are still in place, particularly in the Cambridge area which has suffered the worse floods, it is reckoned, for a hundred years.

In Suffolk the worse hit area was the picture postcard village of Cavendish at the heart of Lovejoy country where damage was expected to run into thousands of pounds.

A spokesman for its borough council, St Edmundsbury today said that the situation was improving as far as the flood waters from the burst banks of the River Stour were concerned, and roads were now passable.

The county as a whole escaped the worse of the weather, however, and the rivers Gipping, Deben, Box and Brett have been given the all clear, according to a spokesman for the Environment Agency.

Weblink: www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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