Norfolk Floods: Emergency services respond to hundreds of calls as flooding causes chaos

A car on its roof after an accident on the A11 near Wymondham, after hitting heavy flooding. Photo:

A car on its roof after an accident on the A11 near Wymondham, after hitting heavy flooding. Photo: Paul Bayfield - Credit: Archant

Roads have turned to rivers and homes have become flooded by water after heavy rain overnight and throughout Thursday.

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have received more than 350 flood-related calls in Norfolk since 6.30pm.

The service is currently dealing with about 150 flood-related incidents and has 11 fire engines in Watton, six in Dereham, and six in Norwich.

Traffic on Yarmouth Road, Thorpe as flash flooding hit Norwich in June. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Traffic on Yarmouth Road, Thorpe as flash flooding hit Norwich in June. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Norfolk fire control room has fielded more than 150 calls from Hertfordshire as they are providing control room assistance to help out as a result of the number of calls they have received.

Firefighters in Norfolk are working with Breckland District Council which is setting up rest centre facilities in Dereham.

The fire service is also working with the county council and is being assisted by 4x4 volunteers.

It is thought that more than 61mm, 2.4 inches, fell in Dereham in just two hours.

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A spokesman said they had been 'inundated' with flooding calls.

Among those affected are Kari and Andy Stonnach, from Hythe Road in Methwold, near Thetford.

The Stonnach's home is this evening sitting under two feet of water.

Mr Stonnach said: 'We've been flooded six times now in the past 15 months and we're fed up.

'We've had to move furniture from downstairs, and neighbours have been helping us bail out the water.

'Sometimes what's coming into the house is raw sewage as well, overflow from the cesspits.'

Mr Stonnach said he planned to take legal action against the council.

He said: 'We're looking to sue the council for negligence because they didn't complete their remedial work.'

Motorists are reporting they cannot leave their homes and the fire service are blocking roads so people can't get through.

In the Toftwood area of Dereham people have blocked off roads with their cars to prevent vehicles causing waves of water to go into houses.

Many residents have been using buckets to try to stop water coming into their homes.

Motorists are being urged to drive slowly through residential areas to prevent surges of water swamping homes.

Anne Warner took to Facebook to say she was trapped at Tesco.

She said: 'Went to vote and a 'quick' trip to Tesco and now I can't get back.'

Beckii Richardson said: 'Three neighbours have water in their homes down Larner's Drift, Larner's Road is about knee deep in water.'

The Wymondham bridge is also reported to have flooded.

The flooding is playing havoc with today's EU referendum, as people are unable to make it to polling booths.

The Cringleford polling station at the Willow Centre in Willow Croft Way has been closed due to flooding. Instead, people are being advised to go to the Patterson Club in Newmarket Road, where an alterative polling centre has been set up.

The flooding is set to continue into the night.

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