Questions over drainage as Norwich business floods for third time in eight weeks

The flooded car park in Waldemar Park, Hellesdon after the heavy rain.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY. The flooded car park in Waldemar Park, Hellesdon after the heavy rain. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Monday, August 11, 2014
12:31 PM

Families and businesses in Norwich have called for improvements to drainage after the torrential rain on Sunday saw their properties flooded yet again.

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Nightspots in Prince of Wales Road and garages in Hellesdon were among those buildings which have already been deluged with rainwater and sewage several times this year.

Firefighters were called to Roccos in Prince of Wales Road at about 12.30pm, after the downpour resulted in its basement being flooded - with its manager saying it was the third time in eight weeks it had flooded.

Due to the firefighters strike, which took place between noon and 2pm today, a retained crew were called to deal with the incident.

The crew commander, who did not want to be named, said: “Because of the heavy downpour the drains just couldn’t cope with the amount of water that fell in a short period of time.”

The commander said they pumped out between four and six inches of water from the basement of Roccos.

While they were dealing with that incident they were contacted by the owners of Lost on Prince of Wales Road who had a similar problem.

The commander said they got the call at about 1.15pm and discovered about six inches of water in the basement which was being pumped out.

Toby Middleton, of Roccos, said last night: “We had the fire brigade in and they saved our basement. It was the third time in eight weeks now.

“We have got the surveyors coming in tomorrow morning to put some non-returnable valves in to the sewage.

“We believe it’s the caused by problems with the drains and it’s happening right the way down the street.

“We’re scared of what will happen next year when we try to get our insurance again.

“We try to dry out the basement and dehumidify it and then two weeks down the line it happens again.

“Thankfully we were able to stay open because the fire brigade came and helped us out.”

Flash floods has been a feature of the summer, with people across Norfolk affected as the drains and rivers have struggled to cope with the high levels of rainfall falling in a short space of time.

This latest rain, brought by the remnants of ex-hurricane Bertha, resulted in flooding at garages in Hellesdon.

But people living in Waldemar Park, off Waldemar Road, said the floods came every single time it rained.

A 39-year-old man, who did not want to be named, had moved to the area in the past three or four months and still had items stored in cardboard boxes in the garage.

He said: “We’ve still got a lot of boxes and some of them have had the bottoms rotted out of them. One of the neighbours was saying its like this every time it rains.”

Douglas Frost, 74, who has lived in the area for the past five years said: “It doesn’t have to flood heavy. It just floods every time there’s a little bit of rain.”

A 36-year-old man, who did not want to be named, said: “Every time it rains its flooded. It’s happened several times this year.”

Norfolk police control room received a number of calls about flooding with places like Larling and Wymondham among those affected, while roads were blocked due to fallen cable lines and trees, including one tree which blocked the northbound A10 carriageway in Kings Lynn, and another which fell across the B1111 in Great Hockham.

Two cars became stuck in flood water, one in Belaugh Green Lane in Belaugh Green at 4pm, and another in Horning Road West, Hoveton shortly after 3.30pm and police closed the road underneath the railway bridge in Belaugh Road, Hoveton, due to flooding.

A police spokeswoman said: “Our advice is to only drive through pockets of water where you can see it’s safe to drive through and we would urge caution.”

The worst of the heavy rain had passed by late afternoon, but it was replaced by strong winds of up to 40mph into the evening, and forecasters were warning there could be some fallen branches and trees around this morning.

Dan Holley, a forecaster for UEA-based Weatherquest, said there had been the potential for a tornado on Sunday, and there had been reports of one in the Hull area, but it would need to be confirmed following investigations into the damage.

He said: “There has been some rotation going on in the clouds but it doesn’t look like anything dropped down from it in our area.”

Today and Tuesday are also expected to be windy, with the gusts dropping a bit on Wednesday, after which the weather is expected to be breezy, cooler with temperatures of around 20 to 21C, and there will be pockets of sunshine and showers.

11 comments

  • Could also be down to the rats.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Time was, there was regular cleaning of drains, but when the budget for that gets hacked further and further back then this is the service you are left with, Councillors decisions & ya gets what's ya votes for folks...

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    SilverMachine

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Vic, that might be so, whats news? my point is still valid. I drove back from Wellinborough last Friday afternoon and the A14 was flooded, so was the A 428 and many roads around March. Why? because the drainage systems are unable to cope. The vast amounts of water sucked up by clouds on our planet due to more heat being trapped by greenhouse gases is becoming apparent in these kind of deluges. This is just for starters.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • No Ingo, most of the drains, well at least 60% are totally blocked, stuffed to the grating with every bit of detritus imaginable.

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    Vic Sponge

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • with increasing global warming weather patterns get more chaotic and unpredictable. Our drains are still designed for moderate rainfalls, they have to be doubled or even quadrupled to cope with future deluges. This will mean that building regs have to change more frequently and that might take far too long. But not to worry, insurance companies will make us all pay for this delay in resolve, cause they'll put it on every policy in sight, and a little more to make a profit, as long nas they earn on our misery, not much will change.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Oil & fat from restaurants doesn't help drainage either..

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    Andy T

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Please, remember that over the past three months there have been several intense bouts of rainfall which is out of character for the region. Never mind big society, where is the entrepreneurial spirit to invest in the long term sustainability of your business?

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I think that raw sewage on Prince Of Wales road is a lot less offensive than most of the night time neanderthals who trash the place every weekend.

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    Nexus_6

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Big Society'll sort it out ;-)

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    marty r

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I have a feeling that Waldemar Park relies on soakaway's as opposed to to main drainage, if this is the case it going to happen every time we have a deluge.

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    Vic Sponge

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • You've only got to look at how they resurface the roads at the moment. There's vast amounts of tar and loose stones falling merrily down the drains, especially in the hot weather, which then cools and clogs up the drains.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, August 11, 2014

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