A clean-up operation is under way at Snape, near Aldebugh, with villagers rallying round to help homes and businesses.

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Ira Ford, second chef at the Crown Inn, said: “The water level’s gone down now but at its height it was probably about two or three feet in some places.

“There’s nothing left salvageable on the ground floor that wasn’t lifted up. All the fridges in the kitchen are all gone and everything’s full of dirty water.

“We lifted everything up that we could lift up but we couldn’t lift the big stuff.

“Yesterday loads of locals came down and helped sandbagging. Everyone’s trying to help out everyone.

“We had 15-20 people yesterday at short notice and this morning loads of people have been volunteering to help. It’s really nice that everyone’s chipping in and helping out.”

Local farmers have stepped in to house the pigs and sheep which are kept at the pub.

They also had 44 turkeys but 38 drowned in their coop when the water rose, despite it being several feet off the floor.

Meanwhile, Andrew Rodgers was visiting his parents’ house.

“At four in the morning I had to rescue our small spaniel, it was rather deep,” he said. “I was picking up chairs and there are TVs on the side where I’ve had to move them.

“It was getting dangerous, we’ve got no plugs because they’ve all been filled with water and the fuses have all gone.

“It was about two foot deep. There’s all sorts of stuff that’s going to have to go, this chair’s been totally soaked, that sofa’s going to have to go as well.

“There’s nothing we can do but wait for it to dry out and get it cleaned up.”

There are also reports that a LandRover got stuck on the bridge crossing the River Alde close to Snape Maltings.

One onlooker said the vehicle was almost submerged within minutes of getting stuck.

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