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Norfolk firefighters tackle flooding in Lincolnshire as heavy rain expected for Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 19:00 18 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:11 19 June 2019

Crews from Thetford have been deployed in Lincolnshire. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Crews from Thetford have been deployed in Lincolnshire. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

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As heavy rain is expected in Norfolk some of the region's firefighters are out among the rescue effort in the flood-hit parts of Lincolnshire.

Crews from Thetford have been deployed in Lincolnshire. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue ServiceCrews from Thetford have been deployed in Lincolnshire. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Almost 700 homes have been affected around the town of Wainfleet following severe flooding from the River Steeping which had breached its banks in several places.

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Norfolk Fire Service said it had sent its specialist high volume pump (HVP) from Thetford fire station to support Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue as part of the national response in clearing the flood water.

The RAF used Chinook helicopters to drop 270 bags of sand and ballast to try to fill the breach to reduce the flow of water.

Crews from Thetford have been deployed in Lincolnshire. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue ServiceCrews from Thetford have been deployed in Lincolnshire. Picture: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Another 580 properties had to be evacuated on Saturday.

Norfolk's HVP was last utilised after the east coast tidal surge in 2013, and during severe floods in the south east in 2014 and in Yorkshire and Cumbria in 2015. It was also used to tackle wildfire blazes in Thetford Forest last summer.

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