Flood fears as rains continue

FLOODING fears have been voiced after weather experts warned water levels were already at dangerously high levels.As revealed in yesterday's Evening Star, February looks like being one of the wettest on record for large parts of Suffolk and Essex, with more showers forecast for the rest of the week.

FLOODING fears have been voiced after weather experts warned water levels were already at dangerously high levels.

As revealed in yesterday's Evening Star, February looks like being one of the wettest on record for large parts of Suffolk and Essex, with more showers forecast for the rest of the week.

And it has emerged that the rivers Waveney, Stour, Colne, Stour, Deben, Lark, Box and Brett have all been on a state of alert in recent days.

Although they have now been given the all-clear, the Environment Agency said it was constantly monitoring the situation.

A spokeswoman said: “It's too early to say if there will be any floods but, if river levels remain high and the ground continues to be saturated, they are more likely, particularly if the heavy rain continues.”

Jim Bacon, of meteorological experts Weatherquest, believes the wet spell is likely to continue through the weekend.

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He said: “The next few days are going to feel like it never stops raining. There isn't one day where it's not likely to rain at all and there will be a lot of unsettled weather.”

So far this month, twice the average rainfall has fallen on Suffolk, which follows on from a wetter than average January.

The rain caused problems with standing water on some roads yesterday and many fields have been left under water.

The Environment Agency provides flood warnings online 24 hours a day at: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/flood/floodwarning or call 0845 9881188.

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