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Picture update: Tree blocks Itteringham road as Norfolk counts cost of gales

PUBLISHED: 15:48 25 November 2012 | UPDATED: 20:03 25 November 2012

Itteringham tree down: Submitted picture

Itteringham tree down: Submitted picture

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Norfolk is getting back to normal after gale force winds and rain brought down trees and caused flooding - but, as this photo shows, some parts of the clear-up operation are trickier than others.

Police were at the scene of this large fallen tree at lunchtime in Itteringham, north Norfolk.

It was blocking the road at The Common, at its juction with Wolterton Road, according to reader Paul Rivett, who sent the photo.

Emergency services spent the early hours dealing with a spate of county-wide incidents caused by the overnight and early morning gale-force winds and rain.

Among a long list of affected routes were the A47 at Frans Green where there was water some six-inches deep, although the road was passable.

Flooding also caused problems on the A148 at East Rudham, although that road was also passable with care.

Fallen trees caused road closures across the county. PCSOs had to direct traffic on Norwich’s Bluebell Road where a tree had fallen, although that road is now open again.

Harvey Lane, in Thorpe St Andrew, has been cleared and re-opened after it too was blocked by a fallen tree.

The A1151 Wroxham Road in Norwich was also blocked in both directions at the Sprowston Manor junction because of a fallen tree, but had been cleared by mid-morning.

Drivers were also warned about a tree causing slow traffic on the A47 eastbound in Acle just before the Acle roundabout and advised to approach with care. That has now been cleared.

Temporary metal fences put in place by workers at Great Yarmouth’s Vauxhall Bridge have been buckled by the strong winds.

The wind was also strong enough to cause tiles to fly off roofs. One fell from a roof in North Quay and smashed on the pavement below, fortunately no one was walking directly beneath at the time.

Other roads affected include the The B1111 at Great Hockham, the A1062 Norwich Road in Horning, Austin Street in King’s Lynn, the B1108 Watton Road in Barford and the B1150 at Scottow, but debris from trees have now been removed and those roads are re-opened.

A fallen tree also blocked Church Road in Wickhampton, near the Wickhampton Road junction.

Today’s City of Norwich Half Marathon went ahead as planned at the Royal Norfolk Showground, with a maximum 3,000 runners taking part.

There are no reports of the wind causing problems at Norwich International Airport or on train services.

A flood alert was also issued this morning for the River Wensum, River Tud and Wendling Beck.

Power to more than 500 homes in a north Suffolk village was affected after heavy winds affected the overhead electricity network at Hepworth, near Diss.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks said supplies were interrupted to 539 customers at 5.25am this morning. Power was restored in stages to 230 customers at 7.30am, to 105 customers at 7.50am, to 106 customers at 1.29pm and to the final 98 at 1.40pm.

The Environment Agency said flooding was possible for the rivers from Great Ryburgh to Lenwade.

They warned low lying land and roads would be affected first and that river levels were likely to continue to rise as rain continues.

They urged people to call Floodline on 0845 9881188 for more information.

● Have you taken pictures of fallen trees or have you been affected by the storms? Email us at newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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