Plea for motorists to drive carefully following day of flooding across the region

A bus drives through a flooded street in Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk. Photo: Zak Nelson - norwich

A bus drives through a flooded street in Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk. Photo: Zak Nelson - norwichbuspage.com - Credit: Zak Nelson - norwichbuspage.com

It's been a busy Thursday for firefighters and a frustrating one for motorists as flooding caused problems on Norfolk and Suffolk roads. Tonight and tomorrow are forecast to be drier.

Flood water at Saxlingham Nethergate on Thursday January 7 2016. A man climbs out of his vehicle aft

Flood water at Saxlingham Nethergate on Thursday January 7 2016. A man climbs out of his vehicle after it got stranded in the water. Photo: Zak Nelson - norwichbuspage.com - Credit: Photo: Zak Nelson - norwichbuspage.com

Traffic conditions are improving after rainy weather caused problems across the counties earlier today, but drivers are urged to be careful.

Motorists report normal conditions between Norwich and Dereham on the A47, which was badly flooded at Honingham.

Delays at Berry's Lane Junction, near Honingham, and Green Lane North, at Thorpe End, have both dissipated.

Seargent Chris Harris, of Norfolk Police, warned drivers to be extra careful while driving this evening and tomorrow.

Fire crews dealing with flooding near the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Fire crews dealing with flooding near the Purfleet in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

He posted on Twitter: 'On the roads tonight / tomorrow then please #DriveToArrive - Take extra time & slow down.'

Norfolk Police also advised drivers to make sure they bring mobile phones, cash for a public telephone box, and to check weather forecasts before travelling.

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Their message came after 23mm of rain fell in six hours across the region this morning.

Konectbus said one journey between Norwich and Dereham this afternoon took two-and-a-half hours because of flooding on the A47.

Floods on the A47 near the Easton roundabout. Photo: Submitted

Floods on the A47 near the Easton roundabout. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The A144 St John's Road in Bungay was blocked near the Low Road junction, causing disruption to drivers and passengers on the Anglian 88/X88.

Bungay Pool, in St John's Road, has been closed as rain water has leaked into the building and contaminated the pool. It is expected to re-open as normal tomorrow.

Church Lane in Weston, near Beccles, is also closed in both directions between the A145 London Road junction and the Church Road junction, because of flooding. Suffolk Police said the river had burst its banks in three places, with three to four vehicles in need of rescuing from the river.

Meanwhile the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham sent its students home early.

Flooding on the A47 at Sporle on Thurday January 7. Photo: Submitted

Flooding on the A47 at Sporle on Thurday January 7. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

A school spokesman said: 'As there is quite a lot of water on the roads, it was felt the safest option was to get the students home slightly earlier than usual today.'

The Environment Agency has released regular flooding updates throughout the day.

Flood alerts - which are marked amber on the flood-risk scale - have been issued for the River Tud and the River Wensum from Great Ryburgh to Lenwade. It also includes Wendling Beck.

Its website says: 'We are seeing river levels rise due to rainfall last night and through this morning.

Flooded road at Wreningham in Norfolk on Thursday January 7 2016. Photo: Sonya Duncan

Flooded road at Wreningham in Norfolk on Thursday January 7 2016. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Archant

'The peak of the river is now near Wendling. River levels are likely to continue to rise before stabilising.'

There are also alerts in place for the Hundred Foot Washes at Welney, The River Mun at Mundesley,River Bure and Spixworth Beck near Norwich.

Firefighters in King's Lynn, meanwhile, were called to Purfleet Street where a blocked drain led to rising water levels following this morning's heavy rain.

A fire officer first attended the scene at 9.05am and a crew from King's Lynn North was dispatched to pump water from the road.

Sandbags were put in place outside the hairdressers 'Hair and Beauty Boutique' to soak up the excess water.

Norfolk fire service received 27 flood calls between 7am and 1pm today.

Paul Seaman, the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's duty group manager, said that seven of these incidents were given advice over the phone, a fire officer was sent to 11 locations to make an assessment and five of the reported incidents required fire engines to pump water away from homes and other buildings.

There have also been two separate flooding incidents in Longfields, Swaffham and on the A1065 near Newton shortly after 8.30am.

Fire officers were called to Green Lane at Great Plumstead at 12.30pm after a car got stuck under a rail bridge in two-feet of flood water. The driver managed to leave the vehicle without any assistance.

Officers were also called to homes in Longfields, Swaffham, and Church Walk, Burnham Market.

Police attended the A1065 at Castle Acre where there was a build up of water on the road however the fire service were stood down.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service were also called to homes in Colkirk, near Fakenham, and Litcham Road, Mileham, near Dereham, however both cases were resolved by the homeowners or neighbours before officers visited.

The smaller roads around North Walsham, Matlaske, Baconsthorpe and Banningham in north Norfolk have larger patches of flooding. The roads in and out of Cawston, near Aylsham have also been affected by the downpour.

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