Flash floods cause chaos and misery in many areas of south Norfolk and Breckland

Residents in a canoe on the flooded Low Road at Scole. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Residents in a canoe on the flooded Low Road at Scole. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Heavy rain and thunderstorms saw many parts of Norfolk hit by flash floods over the weekend.

Residents at the flooding at Low Road at Scole. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Residents at the flooding at Low Road at Scole. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

The worst affected areas were south Norfolk and parts of Breckland with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service attending 15 incidents of flooding on Saturday in Diss, Scole and Winfarthing alone.

A canoe was the best form of transport to get up and down Low Road in Scole – with water reaching near the top of people's wellington boots.

Some of the houses on the road have raised doorways so escaped water entering their homes, but four homes were not so lucky.

Veronica Nelhams, who has lived on the road for 30 years, said they have a problem with standing water but it is the first time flooding on this scale has happened since the 1990s.

Traffic drives through flood water at Winfarthing on the B1077 which closed off the village. Picture

Traffic drives through flood water at Winfarthing on the B1077 which closed off the village. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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She said: 'We all know we need some more drainage up here. We've been saying we thought it was going to flood. The water comes down from Scole Common.

'The water came within an inch of my door. But I rent out the property next door and the man who lives there was ankle deep in water. I only gutted and decorated it three years ago.'

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In Winfarthing a family were rescued by the fire service's surface rescue boat from Carrow after they became stranded in their car.

Police praised the 'great community spirit' shown by those who live in the village.

Car in flood water in Shotesham Ford. Picture: Zak Nelson.

Car in flood water in Shotesham Ford. Picture: Zak Nelson. - Credit: Archant

Tractors were on standby ready to help haul out cars if they got stuck in the water and residents were finding ways to help clear the water away.

A car was left submerged in water in Shotesham Ford. The occupants it is believed escaped from the car through a rolled down window.

The A1066 from the A140 roundabout at Scole through into Diss was closed at 2pm yesterday. And the road remained closed yesterday.

Pages Lane, in Saham Toney, near Watton, also suffered flooding. A fire engine from Watton attended to help and offer advice. And the fire service were also called out to flooding in Canons Walk in Thetford.

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