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Photo gallery and flash floods latest: Norwich infant school closed as residents mop up and fire service reveals 120 calls in three chaotic hours

PUBLISHED: 15:26 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:26 21 July 2014

Flooding in Beatrice Road, Norwich. PIC: Al Harnden.

Flooding in Beatrice Road, Norwich. PIC: Al Harnden.

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A Norwich school has been forced to close this morning, following the flash floods that triggered 120 fire service calls in three chaotic hours yesterday.

Busy afternoon for Norfolk Fire Service

It was a testing afternoon for Norfolk Fire and Rescue, with crews called out 43 times in three hours to deal with flooding-related incidents.

At 3.11pm, crew were called to Cozens-Hardy Road in Sprowston to help and advise people living on the street.

Within the next few hours, crews dealt with an influx of calls about flooding as well as attending fire calls, as people took to Twitter to praise them for their help.

The rain started yesterday afternoon, with the police and fire responding to a high number of incidents.

Lionwood Infant and Nursery School, on Telegraph Lane East, has closed today because of flooding.

Norfolk County Council wrote on its website that the school was “completely flooded from heavy rain on Sunday”.

One of the worst-hit areas was Thorpe St Andrew, where some residents said they had only just finished cleaning up from the last floods.

Jane Jermy, 59, a cash office assistant, said this was not the first time the house she shares with husband David on Orchard Close had flooded.

She said: “We have been flooded here about a dozen times at least in 30 years and now we’ve been hit again.

“We were flooded in May as well and it’s a complete nightmare, whenever it starts to rain you think ‘not again’.

“When the water comes up in the road it can’t go anywhere and it comes into our front garden.”

Mr and Mrs Jermy’s neighbour Sylvia Gilbert was also badly hit by yesterday’s storms.

She said: “We’ve just had a new conservatory fitted with a wooden floor and it’s completely flooded.

“It’s gutting really, you spend all that money on something, and then this happens, we’ve only just had it fitted.

“Every time you go out and it rains you wonder what you are coming home to. It’s a nightmare.”

Motorists faced flooded roads across the city, while fire crews were called out to pump water out from buildings in Sprowston, Thorpe and Crostwick.

In Norwich city centre, laser arena Quasar on St Stephens Road was forced to close after water poured in.

Partner Amanda Elgood said the venue was full of people when the deluge hit.

She said: “The whole area was totally flooded, the gutters couldn’t cope with the amount of rain that fell and it just came in.

“We had to close yesterday and we’re going to have to close today while we get the electrics checked out.

“It was pretty scary, but all the team pulled together.”

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency issued a flood warning just north of Norwich after fears river levels would rise following the thunderstorms.

A statement said: “The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities.”

The warning urged people to expect flooding and take immediate action.

■ Were you affected by yesterday’s flooding? Email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

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