Norfolk floods: Roads closed and trains delayed as Norfolk firefighters experience busiest day on record

A lone cyclist stands over a blown manhole on Yarmouth Road, Thorpe to protect the traffic as flash

A lone cyclist stands over a blown manhole on Yarmouth Road, Thorpe to protect the traffic as flash flooding hits Norwich.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Roads are closed and trains are heavily delayed as firefighters continue to battle flooding.

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Police have said that roads in Norfolk, particularly in Breckland, continue to be affected by standing water.

Trains are also affected by the weather with services from Norwich to London Liverpool Street being severely disrupted for a second day due signalling equipment being damage between Seven Kings and Illford by the flooding.

Dereham Road is closed in both directions between the High Street junction in Watton and the Bradenham Road junction in Shipdham, due to water build up. Police are advising people to avoid this area and make use of the A1065, A47 and A11 as an alternative route to reach their destinations.

Norfolk Fire said that Thursday was their busiest day on record, with their control room receiving 936 calls.

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Fire crews were called to Crossdale Street, in Cromer - which is closed to traffic - at around 6am on Friday morning and are still attempting to pump water away from buildings.

Assessments are also being carried out in Banham and Sandringham.

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Overnight 56.4 millilitres of rain fell at the University of East Anglia and 44 mil fell at Norwich Airport.

Police officers are advising drivers that their journeys this morning may be affected and motorists should allow extra time and travel with caution.

Many minor roads are affected by water coming off nearby land.

Roads around areas such as Shipdham, Yaxham, Watton and Soham Toney have large areas of surface water with some minor roads being closed where water levels make driving dangerous.

Inspector Keith Philpot from Norfolk Police Control Room 'Drivers are advised that many Norfolk roads remain affected by the heavy rain over the last 24 hours. Drivers should allow extra time and be prepared for sudden areas of surface water, reducing speed and being mindful of stopping distances as a result of water'.

'We would ask the public, specifically in the areas highlighted, to adhere to warning signs or local diversions and where possible plan routes that avoid minor roads.'

Firefighters across Norfolk were called out to more than 130 incidents related to flooding on Thursday night.

Between 6pm and 8pm fire crews were pumping water, assisting with road closures and fallen trees.

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