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The leaders of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have hailed the huge community response after the area suffered its worst flooding for many years.
While emergency services, council staff and councillors have been supporting those in the flood-hit areas, communities have pulled together in a fantastic show of spirit.
Cllr Andy Mellen, Mid Suffolk District Council leader, said:
Cllr John Ward, Babergh District Council acting leader, said:
Farmers played a crucial role in the weekend's heroics. They rescued schoolchildren, supported evacuations and helped stranded motorists, particularly in and around Debenham. Community coordinated rescues were also supported by Debenham Young Farmers Club.
A huge clean up is now under way, and the district councils will continue to work with residents, businesses and communities during this recovery period.
The councils will continue to have additional staff in the worst affected areas assisting with the clean-up. Bin collections will continue as normal this week, and the small number of bins which weren’t collected on Friday due to the floods will be emptied on Monday.
Picture: A tractor helps ferry children through floodwater in Debenham on Friday afternoon. Picture: Phil Mason