Homes are flooded in Withersfield after heavy downpours
Homes were flooded in Withersfield when water swept through ground floors after torrential rain fell on Saturday.
And four by four drivers who drove through the floods, creating large waves, have been criticised for making things worse for desperate householders trying to rescue their furniture and property.
Drivers have been slammed as acting ‘dangerously‘ and being selfish.
On the other hand people attending a wedding reception at the village hall, rolled up their trousers and went down to the flooded area to help out.
The village suffered flooding in two areas, the most dramatic being at the road bridge over the Stour in Church Street.
More than 20mm of rainfall was recorded by a Met Office weather station in the area in less than three hours on Saturday afternoon..
Last June the total average rainfall recorded across Suffolk was 21.2mm
Waters normally drain away through sluice gates which are opened onto the water meadows and questions are being asked as to whether this was done in time to avert disaster.
Parish council chairman Terry Rich and county councillor Mary Evans visited the site of the floods on Monday evening and are investigating what happened in a bid to prevent further problems.
Cllr Rich said: “The issue is whether there was enough notice for the water authority to open the sluice gates to the flood plain.”
He said there had been recurring problems at Church Street and on the Withersfield Road near Burton Green.
Cllr Evans, who is chairman of the county’s flood risk management scrutiny sub committee, said: “I am very concerned. It’s a terrible thing for householders to face, The waters came up incredibly quickly and we want to find out what happened to prevent it from happening again.”
She has asked the county’s highways department to clear gullies and drains which would have had a lot of debris swept into them from the flood and she slammed the four by four drivers for their actions.
“This was selfish. They didn’t know how deep the water was and it was dangerous and selfish.
“We had the best of behaviour from people who left the wedding reception to help out and then the worst with people using it like a water sports park.”