Water floods businesses

ROADS were gridlocked and businesses flooded around Ipswich as torrential downpours hammered the town.Sewage was reported to be coming up drains in parts of the town including the Civic Drive and Princes Street area.

ROADS were gridlocked and businesses flooded around Ipswich as torrential downpours hammered the town.

Sewage was reported to be coming up drains in parts of the town including the Civic Drive and Princes Street area.

Paul Newton, joint owner of Avanti Autos in Princes Street, Ipswich, said the flooding had caused thousands of pounds of damage to his business.

He said: “The road flooded over and the workshop was in a foot of water.

“It's caused at least £2,000 to £3,000 of damage to stock.

“We were swimming in water and the safe in the floor was flooded so I had money drying out everywhere.

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“I think it might have been water from the sewage because it doesn't smell too good. We'll need a completely new carpet.

“It seems like the drains got filled fast and the water had nowhere else to go but here.

“We shut the door because it was coming through but it burst through and started gushing in.”

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