Video and photo gallery: Lifeboat sails up flooded road after downpours hit Hemsby
19:48 27 June 2014
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A lifeboat was brought in to help get people back to their homes in Hemsby after heavy rain flooded roads and properties.
The village’s independent lifeboat ferried boat loads of people up Newport Road, which was swamped with shin-deep waster in the space of just a few minutes during this afternoon’s wild weather.
Home in Yarmouth Road were also struck by the deluge, which left huge swathes of water across roads.
Firefighters, the police and coastguard also rushed to the village and closed both Newport and Yarmouth Road as the clean up operation got under way.
Dan Hurd, coxswain of Hemsby lifeboat, was driving back to the village from Great Yarmouth when the rain started and saw a car “floating” across the carriageway.
“I went to push the vehicle out myself then decided to phone Humber Coastguard to request for my crew to be paged,” he added.
The crew used the Broads lifeboat to transport people up Newport Road back to their homes.
Mr Hurd said this part of the village had flooded before but this was the worst he had ever seen it.
Several villages north of Yarmouth were swamped in the heavy downpours, which hit the region just after 3pm.
Firefighters were called to homes in Blofield, Acle, Hemsby, Ormesby, Scratby and Winterton after a deluge of rain soaked gardens, properties and roads, and caused power cuts.
Many residents reported that the wild weather was the worst they had ever seen, with water reaching knee deep in a matter of minutes.
Other areas hit included Martham, Filby and Rollesby.
The heavy downpours were accompanied by thunder, lightning and hail, which was so heavy along the A47 at Acle that motorists said it resembled snow.
The rain also caused disruption to public transport, with trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth being cancelled due to flooding on the tracks at Brundall.
First buses tweeted that its X1, 1 and 1A service was “significantly disrupted” due to flooding in Caister, Hemsby and Winterton causing major traffic problems.