A major incident has been declared as heavy rain continues to batter the county.

Storm Babet has caused significant disruption across the region, with schools forced to shut and roads left impassable. 

Suffolk County Council has declared a major incident, with people asked to travel only if it is essential. 

Jon Lacey, Suffolk’s chief fire officer, said: “The continuous heavy rainfall across Suffolk is causing severe flooding in several locations, but is also making driving conditions more dangerous for everyone.

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“We are therefore asking people to travel only where it is absolutely essential – for example collecting a child from school, accessing medical treatment or returning home from work. Reducing non-essential travel means more people stay safe and pressure on the emergency services is reduced.

“Although the Suffolk Resilience Forum will continue to do all it can to help protect our county, everyone needs to take precautions to ensure they do not put themselves in danger.”