Firefighters from south Norfolk have been attending a number of flooding incidents caused by heavy rain overnight combined with thawing snow.

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Torrential downpours on Saturday night and Sunday morning in south Norfolk caused problems for motorists and elderly residents living in bungalows.

Firefighters from south Norfolk were busy early on Sunday clearing water away from roads due to the effects of the rain and thawing snow.

Crews from Attleborough were called to clear flood water from Ragmere Road, Old Buckenham shortly after 10am, while firefighters from Long Stratton attended a similar incident in Low Road, Forncett St Mary shortly before 10am.

Fire crews from Diss were also busy, clearing water from Winfarthing Road using a submersible pump, while in Wymondham a fire officer attended a report of flooding at Norwich Common at 9am.

In Harleston, elderly residents at Glamis Court awoke to find water several inches high flooding into their front gardens from a nearby stream after one of the drains became blocked.

Resident Hilda Huxtable, 77, said the water level reached her doorstep, but did not seep into her property, although she said she was unable to walk out into her front garden.

She said flooding was a regular problem for the eight properties at the court, especially during heavy rainfall, though she had never known water to get into her home.

However, evidence of flooding debris was present at the scene with earth and branches strewn across the front lawns, while a small fence that divided the properties had been ripped out of the ground. Firefighters from Harleston were called to pump the water away.

Mrs Huxtable said part of the problem was that some of the bungalows at the court were lower lying than the stream where the flood water had come from.

She added: “I would like somebody to do something to prevent a repeat of this flooding.”

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  • Distressing as this is for the people of Glamis Court there should have been no need for the Fire and Rescue Service to attend any of these incidents. Is this how Norfolk County Council intends to deal with it's new flooding responsibilities? Hopefully should anyone with a genuine concern have requested their assistance the Fire & Rescue Service would have packed in their drill work and attended. They are an emergency service not an odd job service.

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, January 28, 2013

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