Update: Repairs in Gorleston after heavy rain caused cracks in road

Police were called to reports of a hole in the ground at Gorleston. Photo: Stuart Oven Police were called to reports of a hole in the ground at Gorleston. Photo: Stuart Oven

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
5:08 PM

Repairs are being carried in Gorleston after heavy rain overwhelmed underground drains and ‘lifted’ road surfaces.

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Police were called to reports of a hole in the ground at Gorleston. Photo: Stuart OvenPolice were called to reports of a hole in the ground at Gorleston. Photo: Stuart Oven

Storm drains in Gorleston are being surveyed after heavy rain overwhelmed the system in Pier Gardens and ‘lifted’ the road surface.

Pier Gardens was closed on Sunday evening after the surface was pushed up by the sheer force of water underground.

It is estimated that a month’s worth of rain fell on the region in just 18 hours over the weekend, swamping storm drains including the one in Pier Gardens where the water pressure was strong enough to crack the road surface and damage the manhole.

Anglian Water said similar damage was caused to drains in Brasenose Avenue in Gorleston and number of repair jobs are needed.

No major road closures are expected and the work should be carried over in the coming days.

A spokesman for the water company said: “In Pier Gardens, the sheer volume of water simply overwhelmed the drain and the force of it pushed the road surface up.

“The system is operating fine again but the traffic management team is heading there to carry out repair work.”

The repairs will be to the manhole frames as well as any damaged road surfaces.

“We’ve got somewhere in the region of 750 manhole covers across the region and while we won’t be carrying out checks on them all, we are surveying systems in Gorleston where there has been that heavy rain, where we get reports of damage or where our telemetry systems tells us there may be some damage,” said the spokesman.

He added that drains in Brasenose Avenue were all safe, but the rain swell had “dislodged” the manhole enough for them to need repairing.

Anyone who sees a damaged manhole cover that looks like it has lifted it asked to call Anglian Water as soon as possible on 0345 145145.

A Norfolk County Council spokesperson said: “A member of our highways team carried out an initial investigation at the site and concluded that the most likely cause of the flooding was the storm drain located within the road.

“The area has been coned off and made safe for road users while these investigations take place and until the road is fully repaired.”

Meanwhile, Anglian Water has urged people to help keep drains clear - and not dump cooking oil and fats down their kitchen sinks.

The company, which deals with 35,000 blockages a year with more than half caused by items like used fats, oils and grease, said being more careful with what is put down sinks at home could help to combat flash flooding.

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