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Cars stranded as high tides flood Suffolk roads

PUBLISHED: 15:06 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:14 08 January 2019

The Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSON

The Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSON

SARAH PEARSON

Motorists have been battling against the elements today as high tides sweep the Suffolk coast.

The Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSONThe Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSON

A number of vehicles have been left stranded or stuck in queuing traffic as low lying areas across Suffolk have been flooded by spring tides.

The Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSONThe Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSON

The Strand, which runs under the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, was seen flooded by the overflowing banks of the river – with cars and buses caught out by high tides washing over the busy road.

The Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSONThe Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSON

Cars have also been spotted queuing in deep water close to the River Deben after the road leading to the coastal hamlet of Shingle Street, near Woodbridge, became flooded.

Cars have been stuck in deep water after Shingle Street flooded Picture: BECCA GREENCars have been stuck in deep water after Shingle Street flooded Picture: BECCA GREEN

One eyewitness described a queue of traffic attempting to navigate the boggy track, with some giving up and turning back inland.

The Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSONThe Strand, which runs underneath the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich, has been flooded by high tides Picture: SARAH PEARSON

Becca Green, who was making the trip to visit her partner, said she saw four cars trying to get to Shingle Street, while six or seven turned away.

High tide at Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast  Picture: NIGEL EVANSHigh tide at Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast Picture: NIGEL EVANS

She said: “My partner was working on the field next to the only road to Shingle Street and I had gone to visit him briefly before spotting a queue of traffic trying to decide whether to attempt a drive through the water or turn back.

Floods on the roads at Shingle Street  Picture: JULIET GREENFloods on the roads at Shingle Street Picture: JULIET GREEN

“There was four cars trying to get to Shingle Street and about six or seven trying to come away.”

Floods due to high tide at Shingle Street  Picture: TIM GREENFloods due to high tide at Shingle Street Picture: TIM GREEN

A spokesman for Suffolk police confirmed a vehicle also broke down on a flooded road in Cove Bottom, near Beccles, shortly before 1.30pm.

High tides have been causing problems in Shingle Street  Picture: NIGEL EVANSHigh tides have been causing problems in Shingle Street Picture: NIGEL EVANS

Meanwhile, in Southwold, a car became stuck in the water on the A1095.

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