Norwich is counting the cost after flooding
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
Residents forced to bail out their homes and motorists stranded in rising flood water will today wake to count the cost of torrential rain which swept across the region last night.
Dozens of towns and cities were hit by high water yesterday evening, which followed a day of heavy rainfall.
Among the worst-hit area was the west of Norwich, in localities such as Old Catton, Cringleford, Earlham and Hellesdon.
Some roads were altogether impassable and others were closed by emergency services to prevent more people becoming stranded.
Businesses, shops and schools were also hit, and many will not be open today as they assess the damage and try to move forward.
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Avenue Junior School in Avenue Road announced it would remain closed today to respond to flooding there.
In a statement, the school's management said: 'We are working hard to resolve the situation in the hope that we can reopen on Monday, June 27.'
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The crisis also played havoc with today's EU referendum, as people were unable to make it to polling booths by the 10pm deadline.
The Cringleford polling station at the Willow Centre in Willowcroft Way was forced to closed due to water damage. Instead,voters were diverted to the Patterson Club in Newmarket Road, where an alterative polling centre was set up.
A Virgin Active gym in Drayton High Road, Norwich had to be evacuated because water came pouring in through the ceiling.
Water also streamed into the Tesco supermarket Sprowston after part of the ceiling collapsed, causing further damage to stock and fittings.
Norwich resident Sharon Panetta took to Facebook to vent her frustration.
She said: 'Shed flooded again along with all our stuff. Can't get any help.'
Aneeta Prem said: 'Can't believe the rainfall. Been pumping out water. We are completely washed out.'
-Visit www.edp24.co.uk to see more photos of the flooding.