Some areas record twice monthly rainfall in a day - and more heavy rain to come

Flooding in Haverhill over the weekend

Flooding in Haverhill over the weekend - Credit: Paul Griffiths

Parts of Suffolk recorded over twice the average rainfall for July in just one day on Sunday. 

Emergency services were called out to parts of Mid and West Suffolk in particular following localised flooding in parts of Suffolk. 

Official measurements had the amount of rain at between 10 and 22mm across Suffolk and north Essex.

However, amateur weather watchers managed to record up to 100mm in some very localised parts of the county. 

The average rainfall for July is between 40 - 45mm. 

Suffolk Fire and Rescue said it had over 20 call outs to incidents in Haverhill alone because of the flooding.  

Only 4x4s could get through the flood water at Brettenham

Only 4x4s could get through the flood water at Brettenham - Credit: Robert Lindsay

People living in Haverhill were faced with flashflooding over the weekend which onlookers said could have been up to eight or nine inches deep in places.  

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Police and fire crews were called out to the area to help residents dealing with the aftermath of the flash flooding.  

District and county councillor for Haverhill David Roach said that the floods had affected four or five different areas of the town and had entered several homes.  

“There were eight or nine inches on Ehringshausen Way,” said  Mr Roach.  

“And it was up to hubcaps in Burton End.” 

Mr Roach said that Monday had largely been a day of cleaning up in the town; West Suffolk Council’s road sweepers had been out about with Anglian Water also out sorting drains in the town.  

“People have come together,” said Mr Roach.  

He said there had been some issues with people driving too quickly for the weather and forcing water into other people’s homes.   

Officers from Suffolk police reported that they had, had to push cars out of the water in the town. 

Local Green Party councillor Robert Lindsay and his family were caught up in the floods at Brettenham on their way home from holiday.

He said: "We'd driven all the way from Cornwall with no problems, and then found this five miles from our home.

"The rain just came down in sheets. The fields were turned into rivers. 4x4 cars could get through but I knew mine couldn't so we just had to wait there. 

Flood water in Brettenham on Sunday

Flood water in Brettenham on Sunday - Credit: Robert Lindsay

"Luckily a couple offered to take us home and we were very thankful to them, I was able to get the car this morning and I'm just clearing it out. It was very localised. Here at Blideston the ground was a bit damp but there was nothing like this - it was just confined to a small area around Lavenham."

Rain was said to have come down in sheets in Brettenham on Sunday

Rain was said to have come down in sheets in Brettenham on Sunday - Credit: Robert Lindsay

Meanwhile, areas like Haverhill are continuing to clear up after Sunday's rain.

Haverhill police tweeted a photo of an officer who was pushing cars out of flood water last night, and commented: "Roads are now all OPEN but patches of water still remain so take care! 

An officer who was moving cars in flood water at Haverhill on Sunday evening

An officer who was moving cars in flood water at Haverhill on Sunday evening - Credit: Suffolk Constabulary

"Thank you for your help and support last night. What great communities we have all around Haverhill looking after each other!" 

Meanwhile, some businesses in Haverhill were concerned about potential damage. 

Electrical store Hughes post on Facebook that it would opening late due to concerns regarding removing water. 

Numerous police units were called to severe flooding in Ehringhausen Way in Haverhill on Sunday evening

Numerous police units were called to severe flooding in Ehringhausen Way in Haverhill on Sunday evening - Credit: Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing

"Due to the level of water that has passed through our store, there will be a delay in opening the Haverhill store tomorrow," read the post. 

"We have a huge task of removing water from the store and ensuring that it's safe for customers to enter."

Adam Dury from forecasters Weatherquest said that there would be around 1mm of very light rain this morning. 

He added that there could be further heavy showers to come later this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but that these would move faster east across the county. 

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