Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike speak on the storm affecting Suffolk

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said:

“The storm has wreaked havoc across our county, beyond what any of us could have anticipated. My heart goes out to those whose homes have been flooded and ruined, including many homes and businesses flooded in several communities around our county and I have had reports from clergy in several places including Debenham, Framlingham, Mendlesham, Needham Market and Lavenham.

 “Homes and businesses will take a long time to dry out and understandably, given the unprecedented nature of these storms, a number of  people will not have flood insurance. The damage to property, both homes and vehicles, as well as to farm land, is extensive. I know our churches are rallying round, including those that have been flooded themselves, to help out those who have been so terribly affected. Communities have been incredible, local business providing hot food. Our farmers have been out, helping people stuck in their vehicles, once again the people of Suffolk are reaching out and providing practical and emotional support for neighbours in need.”

 The Rt Rev Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich who lives at Mendlesham near Stowmarket, was among those whose homes were flooded.

 He said: “The floods came on with shocking speed and some of the worst if not the worst flood devastation in decades. We ourselves were deluged in our home and are deeply grateful as are others for the generosity and kindness of neighbours offering help and providing emergency accommodation for my family. It is heartening to see the solidarity and empathy at work across our Suffolk communities at this time - whether providing shelter, food or practical assistance the neighbourliness is so encouraging to see.”

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