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Photos show staggering water levels in Norfolk village

PUBLISHED: 08:42 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:43 03 January 2018

The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

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These photos show the extent of flooding in a west Norfolk village.

The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

Villagers in Welney are bracing themselves for weeks of disruption after heavy rains flooded the Wash Road.

Heavy rainfall causes the River Ouse level at Welney Causeway to rise and spill over onto the flood plains, which were built to store excess water centuries ago.

The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

Flooding makes the A1101 impassible between Welney and Suspension Bridge, leaving the village cut off from the south and drivers facing a 30-mile detour.

MORE: A1101 Wash Road closed due to flooding at Welney

The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

In 2016, the road was closed for more than a week after days of heavy rainfall led to water levels rising to three metres in some places.

A Environment Agency spokesman said: “Due to the recent heavy rainfall we have seen high river levels across East Anglia.

The A1101 at Welney is closed due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt The A1101 at Welney is closed due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

“With more rain forecast for the coming days it’s likely that more flood water will be going in to the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir and on to the A1101 Wash Road/Welney Causeway.

“This could lead to the road being closed by Norfolk County Council.”

The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt The A1101 is closed at Welney due to flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

• You can keep up to date with Flood Alerts and Warnings for your area via the website flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk.

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