Update: Rain and ‘rapidly melting’ snow causes flooding on Norfolk and Suffolk roads

The Big Thaw sets in at the weekend as temperatures rise. Picture: Denise Bradley The Big Thaw sets in at the weekend as temperatures rise. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sunday, January 27, 2013
12:08 PM

Overnight rain and fast melting snow has led to flooding on roads across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Annette Dunning has taken a picture of the River Blyth, which has flooded the footpath under Saxon Way in Halesworth.Annette Dunning has taken a picture of the River Blyth, which has flooded the footpath under Saxon Way in Halesworth.

Diversions and closures have been put in place across several routes this morning as water has blocked carriageways.

A 40ft tree has also been uprooted by the extreme melt. The tree has fallen over the B1145 near Cawston, partially blocking the road.

Drivers are being diverted off the A146 Beccles Road at Stockton and Hales due to severe flooding. Police have said the diversion will be in place for 2 - 3 days and are advising motorists to allow extra time if travelling in the area.

Muck Lane in Salhouse has been closed while Hobland Road in Bradwell has also been flooded.

Salhouse Road in New Rackheath is blocked near the Norwich Road junction.

Police warned drivers last night to avoid Station Road in Wymondham under the railway bridge, which was flooded with up to 5ft of water and causing cars to get stuck.

The Environment Agency have issued a flood warning to River Tud and the River Wensum from Great Ryburgh to Lenwade, including Wendling Beck.

The overnight rain has quickly run off wet ground causing river levels to rise on the Wendling Beck.

The agency added that the peak of the river is near Beetley, and river levels are likely to stabilise and then fall.

Police said an officer went out to Beetley, but said the water if only effecting fields, and not houses.

They have advised drivers in mid Norfolk to be aware of the surface water.

There are also reports of water above the normal level at Shipdham and on the Dereham to Fakenham Road.

Do you have any photos of flooding in your area? Send them to richard.wheeler@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • Winter weather it's normal.

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    nrg

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • "only effecting fields" (sic) come on Evening News, you are supposed to be award winning - Get it right!

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    IT Man

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • IT Man - you miffed the if!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Monday, January 28, 2013

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