Flood-hit Bradwell library expected to reopen on Thursday

Heavy rain caused flooding damage to Bradwell community library. Julie Nicholls and Peter Harrison c

Heavy rain caused flooding damage to Bradwell community library. Julie Nicholls and Peter Harrison clearing up after the flood. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The manager of a village library has been left wondering if anything will ever be done after the community building was once again hit by flooding.

Heavy rain caused flooding damage to Bradwell community library. Julie Nicholls and Peter Harrison c

Heavy rain caused flooding damage to Bradwell community library. Julie Nicholls and Peter Harrison clearing up after the flood. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Bradwell Library, in Lord's Lane, near Great Yarmouth, has been plagued by floods for many years. As have areas around Bradwell village.

But the library, which was saved from closure with the help of the EDP Books for Bradwell campaign in 2003, has fallen foul of the weather again, as heavy rain fell on Sunday.

Manager Peter Harrison said: 'It's a usual thing with us, it's probably happened four or five times.

'This time, the whole of the inside was flooded from the back to the front.

Heavy rain caused flooding damage to Bradwell community library.Peter Harrison with a some of the da

Heavy rain caused flooding damage to Bradwell community library.Peter Harrison with a some of the damaged books. - Credit: Nick Butcher


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'Most of the books will be above the floor but the things in the store cupboards, the chances are they will be useless.'

The library was set to be closed by Norfolk County Council in 2003 to save money, but as the council didn't own the building, a determined fundraising team was able to reopen the site.

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But then in September 2006 the library was badly hit by flooding. It was the worst hit building in Bradwell with water a foot deep inside. The bottom shelves were ruined and 5,000 books had to be thrown out.

But even then it only closed for a day, and borrowers returned while the carpets were still soggy.

In 2008 more books were ruined when more than two feet of water got inside, but again the library reopened.

And a similar spirit looks set to shine through this time too, although Mr Harrison said he didn't expect the damage to be as bad as before.

He said the clear up would take a couple of days but he aimed to be back up and running by Thursday, when the library was next due to open.

He added: 'It all runs down to Lord's Lane and ends up at the library. It gets to the stage where we think is anything ever going to be done about this?'

Mr Harrison said he and library volunteer Julie Nicholls would spend two hours trying to get things back into order yesterday, but he expected customers to be knocking on the door on Thursday.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service were called to a string of reports of flooding in Bradwell, Gorleston and Great Yarmouth from 6.30pm onwards. They said surface flooding affected a number of roads. One fire crew from Martham was sent to the library at about 7.15pm to help remove the water, and firefighters were at the scene until shortly before 10.30pm.

Were you affected by the flooding? Email geraldine.scott@archant.co.uk

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