Suffolk police are urging motorists to take extra care on the county’s roads following heavy rainfall in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 3 May.

By 7.30am the Constabulary’s Contact and Control Room had received around 35 calls from across the county with reports of flooded roads and in some cases stranded vehicles. The west of the county, around Stowmarket, Onehouse, Cockfield, Rattlesden, Needham Market, Debenham, Bures and Coddenham have been affected by high water levels and flooding across roads. There have also been reports around the east near to Woodbridge in Playford, Melton, Bredfield, Levington, Helmingham and Otley. All main roads are running smoothly with no reported delays.

Motorists are asked to take extra care on the roads, slow down and should allow extra time for their journey. Watch out for slippery road surfaces, puddles and areas of flooding and where possible avoid driving through flooded roads – it is often very difficult to know how deep the water will be. Whilst driving in rain they should use dipped headlights. Increase distance from the vehicle in front and be prepared to move further back if the visibility gets worse. Make sure windscreen wipers are in good working order.

Further information about flood warnings can be found on The Environment Agency website:  www.environment-agency.gov.uk