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A143 Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds floods for second time this week after heavy rain





A flood-prone road in Bury St Edmunds was waterlogged again this morning after heavy rain.

The A143 Compiegne Way was flooded on the British Sugar side, with motorists driving on the opposite carriageway to pass.

The key route was closed on Sunday afternoon after it was submerged following a downpour.

Flooding closed the A143 Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon . Picture: SuffolkNews
Flooding closed the A143 Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon . Picture: SuffolkNews

It reopened on Monday afternoon.

It was the second closure due to flooding this year, with the first lasting nearly four weeks in January.

The road has repeatedly flooded in recent years, causing traffic chaos in the town.

SuffolkNews revealed last week that more than £500,000 was spent trying to fix the problem in one year alone.

But despite hundreds of thousands of pounds being spent, and repeated repairs, flooding persists

It has prompted councillors to call for a long-term solution to fix the issue.

Asked why the road had flooded again this week after repairs were made following the issues in January, a Suffolk Highways said the river levels were found to be too high for the pumps in Compiegne Way to manage the water.

Suffolk County Council is due to investigate the cause of the January flood.

Last week, a council spokesperson said: “We will shortly be carrying out a Section 19 investigation into Compiegne Way, which is an independent review outlined in the flood and water management act 2010, following a flood event of this severity.

“This will provide wider context as to why this area is prone to flooding and present some recommendations on how flood risk could be better managed going forward.

“Once this investigation is complete we will have a better idea on a longer-term plan for managing flooding at Compiegne Way.”

Rain is forecast until 4pm today with a yellow weather warning for rain tomorrow from 5am to 5pm.