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Police plea for motorists to slow down on flooded roads

PUBLISHED: 19:33 27 June 2014

Flash flooding on Friday afternoon in Newport Road, Hemsby.
Hemsby broads lifeboat called in action.

Picture: James Bass

Flash flooding on Friday afternoon in Newport Road, Hemsby. Hemsby broads lifeboat called in action. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk © 2014

Police have pleaded with motorists not to drive too fast through roads flooded by this afternoon’s downpour.

There have been several reports of flooding and standing water in a number of areas across the county, including Caister, Ormesby, Potter Heigham, Costessey and West Walton.

Police said officers have been working with the fire service and Anglian Water in Hemsby to clear flood water in roads including Newport Road, Yarmouth Road, Waters Lane, Martham Road, Kingsway and The Street.

However, they said a number of motorists have been failing to heed the wet conditions and have been driving at speed through standing water, causing further problems for those working in the area.

Police said heavy rain is forecast for the weekend and there is a likelihood of standing water on many roads, and asked motorists to take care.

Inspector Adam Hayes, of Norfolk Constabulary, said: “Motorists should drive to the conditions and allow extra time for any journeys.

“Standing water and heavy rainfall makes driving conditions hazardous and I would urge motorists to reduce speed, use headlights and increase the distance between you and the car in front.”

Further information on road safety can be found at www.norfolk.police.uk

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