Photo gallery and flash floods latest: Norwich infant school closed as residents mop up and fire service reveals 120 calls in three chaotic hours

Flooding in Beatrice Road, Norwich. PIC: Al Harnden. Flooding in Beatrice Road, Norwich. PIC: Al Harnden.

Monday, July 21, 2014
3:26 PM

A Norwich school has been forced to close this morning, following the flash floods that triggered 120 fire service calls in three chaotic hours yesterday.

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Busy afternoon for Norfolk Fire Service

It was a testing afternoon for Norfolk Fire and Rescue, with crews called out 43 times in three hours to deal with flooding-related incidents.

At 3.11pm, crew were called to Cozens-Hardy Road in Sprowston to help and advise people living on the street.

Within the next few hours, crews dealt with an influx of calls about flooding as well as attending fire calls, as people took to Twitter to praise them for their help.

The rain started yesterday afternoon, with the police and fire responding to a high number of incidents.

Lionwood Infant and Nursery School, on Telegraph Lane East, has closed today because of flooding.

Norfolk County Council wrote on its website that the school was “completely flooded from heavy rain on Sunday”.

One of the worst-hit areas was Thorpe St Andrew, where some residents said they had only just finished cleaning up from the last floods.

Jane Jermy, 59, a cash office assistant, said this was not the first time the house she shares with husband David on Orchard Close had flooded.

She said: “We have been flooded here about a dozen times at least in 30 years and now we’ve been hit again.

“We were flooded in May as well and it’s a complete nightmare, whenever it starts to rain you think ‘not again’.

“When the water comes up in the road it can’t go anywhere and it comes into our front garden.”

Mr and Mrs Jermy’s neighbour Sylvia Gilbert was also badly hit by yesterday’s storms.

She said: “We’ve just had a new conservatory fitted with a wooden floor and it’s completely flooded.

“It’s gutting really, you spend all that money on something, and then this happens, we’ve only just had it fitted.

“Every time you go out and it rains you wonder what you are coming home to. It’s a nightmare.”

Motorists faced flooded roads across the city, while fire crews were called out to pump water out from buildings in Sprowston, Thorpe and Crostwick.

In Norwich city centre, laser arena Quasar on St Stephens Road was forced to close after water poured in.

Partner Amanda Elgood said the venue was full of people when the deluge hit.

She said: “The whole area was totally flooded, the gutters couldn’t cope with the amount of rain that fell and it just came in.

“We had to close yesterday and we’re going to have to close today while we get the electrics checked out.

“It was pretty scary, but all the team pulled together.”

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency issued a flood warning just north of Norwich after fears river levels would rise following the thunderstorms.

A statement said: “The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities.”

The warning urged people to expect flooding and take immediate action.

■ Were you affected by yesterday’s flooding? Email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • This twice this year cannerby lane has been flooded. The amount of water that came down on sunday there was no way the drains were going to cope. We had 4 drivers who didn't make it. First 2 I fealt sorry for the second 2 had numerous people trying to stop them!! Wish the police had been here to stop the idiot 4x4 drive that just wanted to mess around in it only to cause waves that went towards the shops that were already having problems! !

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    Kerry Mayo

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • What about the endless addition of hard surfaces to our environment? It all adds to the speed of runoff. What are the councilsgovt doing to ensure developers include sustainable drainage in new developments? Why aren't they promoting permeable gardendrive surfaces in the same way they promote energy efficiency measures to householders?

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    littlesharpie

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • How much of this street flooding would have been prevented if the council cleaned the drains, peoples property is being put at risk due to the councils inability to do what we pay them for. Insurance companies take note, because it's you who will have to pay out.

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    parkeg1

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Once again we see lunatic motorists, driving through flood water, creating huge bow waves which then inundate properties as they drive pass. Some people are totally and utterly selfish.

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    BG

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I have added photographs to the iwitness24 it had flooded my garden to

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    Jw Cena

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Heavy rain and blocked drains.

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    Vic Sponge

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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