By DAVID FREEZER
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Riverbanks remain at bursting point around the region and further fears of flooding remain ahead of a week of unsettled weather.
Rain showers are predicted to continue through to the weekend, although weather forecasters are not predicting a returhn for the sort of heavy rain which fell last weekend and caused rapidly melting snow to cause problems in many rural areas.
The Environment Agency rates the east of England as ‘very low risk’ for further flooding but a flood warning remains in place for the River Tas between Stoke Holy Cross and the A47 road bridge near Caistor St Edmund.
As pictured, the River Tas’ water level remains very high and is expected to take time to drain, although flood plains around the southern bypass are holding strong.
The River Waveney at Beccles is also very high, while flooding is still possible in Mundesley, in north Norfolk, where a low flood warning last night remained in place for the Mundesley Beck stretch of the River Mun.
Jim Bacon, forecaster at University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said: “It will be a fairly unsettled week, with rainfall on many of the days. The overnight rain from last night will be followed by a dry morning and more rain in the early afternoon and a further spell in the early evening that may be slow to clear first thing Wednesday morning.
“It will then be bright and breezy for a time on Wednesday but will mainly be wet and windy before turning clear with showers coming down from the North Sea.
“By the end of the week there’s a possibility of another low sitting over the region, so it is not beyond the realms of possibility that we will be taking about the possibility of wintry weather again.
“But certainly there’s nothing that looks particularly settled for the next couple of weeks.”
A primary school south of Norwich was forced to shut because of the flooding yesterday.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service was called to Brooke Primary School, in High Green, Brooke, at about 7.30am.
A fire service spokesman said one fire crew from Loddon was sent to the school and at least one classroom was flooded with between three and four inches of water.
The firefighters were at the school until about 9am and cleared a drain to help ease the flooding.
While firefighters were also called to a vehicle that got stuck on a flooded road in Marlingford, west of Norwich.
One fire crew from Earlham were called to Bow Hill at about 7.15am and offered advice, with police also attending the scene.
A Norfolk police spokesman said the road was about 1.5ft deep in water, due to flooding from a nearby sluice gate, but nobody was trapped inside the vehicle.
Many fields still have plenty of surface water preventing crops from being harvested but Brian Finnerty, from the East Anglian branch of the National Farmers Union, said the NFU has not had reports of major worries yet.
Mr Finnerty said: “The main worry is that there is still a lot of water on land so we do need a bit of a dry spell so that farmers can get on to their land and start lifting sugarbeat and things like that.
“But we’ve had nothing major from our members, although there may have been some calls to our local branches.”