Heavy rain results in flooding and spate of crashes across Lowestoft area

Heavy rain caused flooding across Lowestoft. PICTURE: Nick Butcher.

Heavy rain caused flooding across Lowestoft. PICTURE: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Persistent rain resulted in a spate of crashes, heavy flooding and the postponement of a lucrative football match in Lowestoft yesterday.

? Shortly after 4pm, police were called to a two vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and an Audi A4, on Bloodmoor Road.

The road was blocked for a short time, but no-one was injured.

? At about 4.30pm, roughly an hour after the rain started, police were called to the A146 Beccles Road – close to the Barnby Bends – after reports of a four-car collision.

A Toyota Yaris, Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 and BMW 320D were involved in the collision.

A police spokesman said: 'One person had to be cut free and a second person also received treatment from ambulance personnel.'

Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance officer attended and treated the two patients.

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'Both were taken to James Paget Hospital. Not a lot is known about their injuries, but they are believed to be non-life threatening,' said an ambulance spokesman.

The road was partially open at 5.10pm but it had not fully re-opened until about 6.50pm.

Motorists were diverted via Mutford, which also proved problematic due to the large volume of surface water.

Bus services X2 and 146 were also delayed.

? It is understood that the Norwich City team coach, which was heading towards Lowestoft Town Football Club, was delayed as a result of the accident.

When the team did arrive, shortly before 7pm, the match was postponed a short while later due to the waterlogged pitch.

? Supporters travelling to the match via the Norwich to Lowestoft train line also experienced delays – due to heavy rain flooding the railway in Brundall.

Services from Great Yarmouth were also delayed, with disruption occurring from 4pm, before a normal service had resumed by 6pm.

? Three vehicles were involved in a collision on the A12 in Thorington at about 6pm – halfway between Darsham and Blythburgh.

A Peugeot 206, a Nissan Note and a Suzuki Wagon crashed – which caused the road to be blocked and traffic diverted via the A144.

Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle attended and treated two patients – one, a man in his 70s with suspected chest pain and one patient believed to be a woman.

They were both taken to hospital for further care and the road was re-opened around 8.10pm.

? Across the area, the large volume of surface water resulted in a number of locations that were reported as flooded.

The A146 near Rookery Park, Holly Road in Oulton Broad, The Street in Carlton Colville and a number of roads in Wrentham are all believed to have been affected.

It is also understood that a number of businesses across the area were affected, with the Morrisons store in Pakefield having to close due to flooding.

Did you take any photos or know of any other disruptions that occurred in the area? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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