August 2 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Norfolk and north Suffolk faces another wet day today which could cause further localised flooding, the Met Office has warned.
Parts of the county have already been hit, and this morning there is slow traffic along the A1078 Edward Benefer Way, at King’s Lynn, in both directions at Estuary Road due to flooding.
Yesterday there were problems at the A1066 at Diss, where flooding between the B1077 Stuston Road junction and the junction with the A140 caused traffic problems.
Flooding also reduced the A47 to one lane westbound in the direction of Trowse, causing tailbacks and disruption for bus services.
Low visibility also forced vehicles to move more slowly on the same dual carriageway, while in Norwich domestic and commercial properties on Prince of Wales Road and Carrow Road were affected by flooding.
Three crews of firefighters were pumping out water from Mojos nightclub in Prince of Wales Road, which one witness said had suffered “severe flooding” to its basement and cellars.
Beatrice Road in Thorpe Hamlet also flooded.
A fire service spokesman said they all appeared to be “low risk” incidents, with fire crews attending 15-20 incidents by yesterday lunchtime.
He added that “a fair few” of them were in the Norwich area.
The rainy weather led to a number of leaks at Norfolk County Council’s County Hall headquarters.
The full council, meeting to pick a new leader, was told about the problem.
New chairman Brian Hannah said that wheelie bins were being used to collect rainwater, but that “everything was under control”.
A number of pictures at the back of the chamber were removed to prevent water damage.
Of the A1066 flood, county council spokesman Helen McCorry said engineers revisited the site after the flooding had receded, though flood warning signs were still in place.
She added: “Engineers have checked the site and there isn’t any flooding there.
“But they’re going to keep the signs in place- just as a precaution - because the amount of rain we’re having right now could cause some standing water along the section of road.”
Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Met Office, said the rain would gradually start to drift further north into south Yorkshire today.
A yellow warning has been issued, which means people need to be aware there could be some impact from the rainfall.
The forecast rain comes on top of the rain that fell overnight on Monday, with Wattisham receivig 31mms, Norwich Airport 6.4mms and Cromer 5.6mms.
He added: “We expect the rain around at the moment to continue until the early hours of the morning when parts of it will drift further north and into south Yorkshire.”
However, on the positive side Mr Williams said the rest of the week after today was looking drier, with some rain around at times tomorrow, but Friday and Saturday looking like being dry days, albeit with a lot of cloud around.
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