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Surveys start on Broads village road to find solution to flooding

PUBLISHED: 14:35 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:11 11 January 2018

Business and residents are concerned about flooding along Ferry Road in Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

Business and residents are concerned about flooding along Ferry Road in Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

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Surveyors have stepped in to find the key to ending repeated flooding in a Norfolk village.

Water bubbles out from a manhole cover in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONEWater bubbles out from a manhole cover in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

Anglian Water (AW) is surveying Ferry Road in Horning and the area around after numerous inundations in recent years.

Businesses and residents living in the street have been affected by flood water, which has made the road impassable on occasions.

However, AW said it could not solve the problem alone and it would need help from other organisations.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that teams have been visiting Ferry Road and surrounding areas in Horning.

A pump was brought in to help clear flooding in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONEA pump was brought in to help clear flooding in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

“They have been busy with a full survey of the sewer system in the area identifying any problems which could be leading to the flooding.”

The spokesman said a meeting with Norfolk County Council had been arranged to discuss what else could be done.

“This is going to require a multi-pronged approach from various agencies to sort out, although we are doing our bit and even a bit more to try and help.”

READ MORE: Horning residents meet to tackle repeated Ferry Road flooding together

A council spokesman said they were aware of the ongoing issues at Ferry Road, but had not received any flood reports which met their criteria for investigation.

“We will continue to liaise with the Environment Agency and Anglian Water as they work to identify a solution.”

Ferry Road flood forum chairman Paul Rice said they were pleased to hear that progress was being made. He said a pump brought in over December had kept the road clear of flood water, but had proved costly.

“If the Ferry Inn and Ferry Marina weren’t paying towards its costs then the road would have been flooded much more,” he said.

Lyubo Dragoev from the Ferry Inn said they were hiring one pump to keep the road clear of flood water and had bought a second pump to deal with water in the restaurant’s car park.

“No matter what we do and even when the river levels are low it still floods. This isn’t flooding from the river but is water coming out of Anglian Water’s sewer systems.”

He said the cost of running the pump to keep the road clear ran to “several hundred pounds a week”.

“The hire company recently took it away and left us with a smaller pump because they needed the bigger one back.”

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