Flooding problems continue in parts of Norfolk after soggy Sunday

Flooding under the railway bridge on Green Lane, between Thorpe End and Great Plumstead. Picture by

Flooding under the railway bridge on Green Lane, between Thorpe End and Great Plumstead. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The after effects of the heavy rain which swept the region over the weekend were still being felt in Norfolk today.

Green Lane North in Thorpe End, which was flooded over the weekend, was still flooded this morning, causing problems for drivers heading in and out of Norwich.

And floodwater also remained in the road on the B1111 at Garboldisham, with Harling Road just passable.

But, despite an early morning frost, the region is set for brighter weather today - a welcome change from the soggy weekend.

However, the Environment Agency has flood alerts in place for the River Tud and the River Wensum from Great Ryburgh to Lenwade; the River Waveney, upstream from Ellingham and the River Bure and Spixworth Breck.


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Yesterday saw roads closed, two people were stuck in their cars and flood alerts issued as torrential rain swept its way across the region.

Emergency services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire were called out to a catalogue of weather-related incidents yesterday.

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The Met Office issued a yellow warning of rain for the East of England due to the risk of flooding where it fell on already saturated ground.

The extreme wet weather was due to a cold front crossing the country, after which skies were expected to clear causing temperatures to plummet to below freezing overnight with frost in some places.

Up to 20mm of rain fell in north Norfolk, 18mm in Norwich and 17mm over in the west of Norfolk.

Fire crews were called to The Heywood, Diss and Upper Street on the Norfolk Broads because of excess water.

A man was stuck in his car on Salhouse Road, Little Plumstead on Sunday afternoon. He was rescued but the road was then closed because of excess water.

On Aylsham Road, Cawston and Wash Lane, Forncett St Peter, cars became stuck in water. At Forncett St Peter, someone was rescued from their van by a boat team from Carrow Fire Station.

On Norwich Road, Strumpshaw, officers helped with flooding outside the Huntsman pub, where 12 to 18mm of rain fell.

At Haugh Road, Banham, there was flooding at the crossroads and at Aslacton, near Long Stratton, fire appliances from Long Stratton and Carrow and a boat went to rescue a car stuck in a flooded ford on Low Common Road. The crews were later stood down because the person rescued themselves.

Recovery driver Aaron Spall, 30, from Upton, said: 'I've pulled a Mercedes from Green Lane North, the Saab from Salhouse Road and there's one from Blofield, it's all go.'

The Environment Agency issued a flood warning in mid Norfolk at Rivers Middle Wensum, Wendling Beck, and Tud and in north Norfolk at River Bure and Spixworth Beck. Most areas have reported between 10mm and 15mm of rain, with pooling water making for precarious driving conditions in parts.

On Sunday afternoon Greater Anglia reported delays to trains from Sheringham to Norwich due to 'heavy flooding' on the railway.

But there were no further delays last night.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said they had reports of flooding in Stour Brook, Bumpstead Brook, River Lark and Kennett and Sicklesmere to Bury St Edmunds, Chediston watercourse at Halesworth including the A144 and railway, Needham Market (the bridge which runs over Coddenham B1078), River Kennett – Ousden to Freckenham, B1117 Denham, and the River Brett – Lavenham to Higham, Brent Eleigh including the A1079 at Hadleigh.

Suffolk police said they had no major incidents but warned people to take care.

And in Cambridgeshire flood alerts were issued for the River Kym, Lower and Upper River Cam and at Newmarket before Ashley, where there was standing water on the B1063.

The Environment Agency's flood line is 0345 988 1188.

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