14 July 2012
Last updated at 06:11 ET
The westbound A14 at Sproughton was closed for nearly two hours after being flooded
Flooding led to road closures in parts of the East of England as two thirds of a month’s rain fell in 12 hours.
The westbound A14 in Suffolk was closed near Ipswich for nearly two hours, while 11 homes in Lavendon, Buckinghamshire were hit by floods.
In Cambridgeshire, some roads were flooded in Meldreth, Dry Drayton and Comberton, while parts of the A45 in Northamptonshire were also affected.
Weatherquest said 30mm (1in) of rain had fallen overnight in some areas.
Dan Holley, a forecaster at Weatherquest, based at the University of East Anglia, said: “Some places around Ipswich had more than 30mm of rain.
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Camping sites are becoming increasingly muddy”
“We’d expect between 45-50mm (1.77 to 2in) in a month so that’s two thirds of the expected rainfall in 12 hours in some places.”
He said the rain was due to ease later in the afternoon.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for severe weather in East Anglia – one below the most serious level.
The Environment Agency made three flooding warnings for rivers in East Anglia – two in Northamptonshire and one in Cambridgeshire.
Fire crews were called to pump out water affecting 11 homes in Soames Close, Lavendon, near Milton Keynes, just before 05:00 BST.
In Suffolk, the A143 at Stradishall was closed and many minor roads submerged, police said.
A force spokesman said an isolated house in Hintlesham, near Ipswich, had been flooded.
Festival-goers at Latitude faced muddy conditions
Rain also affected the Latitude Festival, near Southwold, Suffolk, attended by up to 35,000 people.
BBC reporter Richard Haugh, who is at the music and cultural festival, said: “The main area continues to hold up well but the pathways through the woods and camping sites are becoming increasingly muddy.”
Cambridgeshire police said flooding had mainly hit the south of county.
The A45 in Northamptonshire was down to one lane in places due to water levels.
Visitors to the Tendring Hundred Show, an agricultural event near Manningtree, in Essex, were being warned of “very slippery” conditions.
English Heritage cancelled its two-day Festival of History event, at Kelmarsh Hall, in Northamptonshire, planned for this weekend due to rain.