County council announce investigation into flooding in Cromer’s centre

The fire engine at New Parade on Church street in Cromer. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

The fire engine at New Parade on Church street in Cromer. Picture: Eleanor Pringle - Credit: Archant

Residents of Cromer who were hit by the extreme flash flooding this summer will be relieved to hear that an investigation has been launched by the Norfolk County Council (NCC).

Retail favourites such as Henry's Coffee Store and Just Beauty in Church Street at the Overstrand Road junction were left devastated after their basements flooded in August 2017, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

This was the fourth flash flood seen by business owners in 10 years, who describe the ongoing problems as an 'absolute nightmare'.

Given the severity of the flooding, the NCC are now investigating the issue, with a report and recommendations due to be published early in 2018.

The news was revealed at a Cromer Town Council meeting on December 7, which was attended by Mark Odgen of the NCC, as well as Chris Wray of Anglian Water.

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Mr Wray commented that during the flooding on August 8 a high volume of rag was found in drainpipes, but there was no evidence of asset failure.

He also said that no changes to the drainage system would be made, and that the rainfall at the time had simply overwhelmed the system's capacity.

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At the time of the flooding, Cromer's fire crew manager Chris Hele expressed concerns that as Cromer grew, the problems would worsen.

He said: 'As Cromer keeps developing I think this problem is just going to keep getting worse.

'I've got no idea what we can do to improve this. The drains in the town are cleared out regularly so the only thing I can think to do is build bigger drains.'

However the pair have reassured these fears at the meeting, saying that added housing's surface water must be dealt with in planning applications.

Mr Wray added that Anglian Water can ask for measures to be implemented by applicants should they pose a flood risk.

Fears around water cleanliness were also abated as it was revealed that all flooding water is filtered through a reed bed system and onto the beach - eyewitnesses say the water remained crystal clear after the flooding.

The Cromer Town Council is also encouraging those affected by the flooding but who have not yet raised a complaint, to come forwards.

Contact Councillor Tim Adams, or the town council directly.

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