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Picture gallery and update: Heavy rain and standing water cause problems for drivers around Norfolk and Suffolk but worst has passed for now

16:01 06 July 2012

A wet morning in Norwich
Photo: Bill Smith

A wet morning in Norwich Photo: Bill Smith

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Rain has been causing problems around Norfolk.

Standing water on roads has made driving difficult and the Environment Agency are advising people to take extra care.

Between 20mm to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in central areas of England and incidents involving cars are causing blockages on roads around the county.

About 1000 sandbags have been handed out in Breckland at homes which have been hit by flooding.

A broken down car has caused a partial blockage on the A1066 Diss Road in South Lopham at the B1113 Redgrave Road junction.

The B1110 in Wood Norton is blocked in both directions near the Brush Hill junction, because of an overturned car and a two-vehicle crash on the B1150 in Scottow has partially blocked the road in both directions near the Tunstead Road junction.

Silfield Road in Wymondham is closed due to flooding under the railway bridge. Fire crews were called to a car stuck in water but were unable to assist. No one was in the car.

Meanwhile in nearby Station Road in Wymondham, fire crews helped schoolchildren out of a minibus which had become trapped in flood water.

A single vehicle crashed on the A47, near Trowse, Dereham Bound, at 6.38am.

Crews from Carrow, Earlham and Sprowston made the scene safe and assisted with casualty care but no one was trapped.

Unconfirmed reports have come in of the Sprowston Road ring road being affected by standing water, as well as the A11 Cringleford Bypass.

The A1065 in Castle Acre is flooded around the Newton road junction, and drivers are advised to approach with care.

There is flooding on the A146 Norwich Road in both directions between the A145 George Westwood Way junction in Beccles and the B1384 junction in Carlton Colville.

Police were called out to deal with standing water on the A47 near the A146 junction, caused by blocked drains.

Flooding is being reported on the A146 Norwich Road in both directions between the A145 George Westwood Way junction in Beccles and the B1384 junction in Carlton Colville.

Flood water is affecting areas around Mattishall near Dereham.

There are reports of problems at Welgate and Back Lane and also at nearby Clint Green and through Yaxham.

In Dereham, flood water has built up in Orchid Avenue, Toftwood, and waves are being created as buses travel along the route.

There are also problems in South Green Gardens in Dereham, where blocked drains have caused water to build up quickly.

Mick Smith, who lives in South Green, said: “It happens regularly. But my biggest concern is that I rang Breckland Council and they put me on to Norfolk County Council but I couldn’t even speak to anyone before 9am and there wasn’t an emergency number.”

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service gave advice to a shop owner on Exchange Street in the centre of Norwich at 5.55am today after water started pouring into the premise from the flat above.

They were unable to enter the flat to ascertain where the water was coming in from.

In Lowestoft there was some rain this morning but there appeared to be no major problems. Similarly - despite the problems in Dereham - just a few miles north in Fakenham, the weather is calm, with just some mild spits of rain.

The worst-hit areas could see 60mm of rain, the average monthly fall for July.

Weatherquest, the private weather forecasting and weather analysis team at the University of East Anglia, say the rain will continue for next few hours, but should ease by lunchtime.

A spokesman for the service said: “We will see an improving picture, with heavy showers scattered around the region again in the evening.

“The greatest risk is probably in the south and west of the county.”

Trains are currently running as usual.

Phil Rothwell, head of flood risk strategy at the Environment Agency, has urged people to remain vigilant and prepare for flooding.

Mr Rothwell said: “There is some particularly awful weather that’s coming our way over the next two or three days.”

The worst-hit areas could see 60mm of rain, the average monthly fall for July.

Have you been affected by the heavy rain or do you have pictures of it causing problems in Norfolk and Suffolk? Email Joe Wilkes at joe.wilkes@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772439

4 comments

  • I laughed when I read the bit about the Silfield Road at Wymondham. The section under the bridge always floods after heavy rain. What are 'they' going to do about it when they build hundreds more houses on land to the south of the bridge? All traffic from the new estates to the A11 and Wymondham will have to pass along this route.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • A lot of flash flooding is caused by people turning their front gardens into concrete car parks, long live grass and flower beds, least they soak up water.

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    BlueRobin

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

  • This article would benefit from a bit of subediting!!!

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Many of these floods caused by blocked drains. How often do you see the road drains being cleaned? Another cut back to save money that causes big problems.

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    Christopher Neave

    Friday, July 6, 2012

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