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WEATHER UPDATE: More downpours on way, but Norfolk could miss the worst of it

07:59 02 May 2012

More wet weather is on its way, but Norfolk is likely to be spared the worst of it. Picture: Ian Burt

More wet weather is on its way, but Norfolk is likely to be spared the worst of it. Picture: Ian Burt

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More heavy showers are on their way tonight and tomorrow. but forecasters in Norwich say Norfolk could be spared the worst of the wet weather.

Forecasters at University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest said there could be downpours in the East tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

But they said Suffolk and Essex were likely to bear the brunt of the rain, with the showers less intense by the time they reach Norfolk.

Dan Holley, from Weatherquest, said: “Overnight it has been fairly cloudy and misty in places, but that’s been about it.

“We will get some more rain tomorrow morning and some might come tonight, but the bulk of that will be in Suffolk and Essex.

“That band will come to Norfolk tomorrow, but it will have weakened by the time it gets to this county. We’re likely to see about 8mm to 10mm at the most. It’s still almost half an inch but nothing like some parts of the country are likely to see.”

The Environment Agency yesterday issued flood alerts for the River Bure and Spixworth Beck, north of Norwich and on the River Waveney, upstream of Ellingham.

However, those warnings were rescinded later in the day and there have been no reports of any problems.

A further alert was also issued for the Hundred Foot Washes, also known as the Ouse Washes, including the causeways at Earith, Sutton Gault, both Cambridgeshire, and Welney, Norfolk. That warning this morning remained in place.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) has also urged people to take care on the roads and when entering or approaching flooded fords.

Gary Sanderson, ambulance service spokesman, said: “I must stress the importance of taking care when approaching or entering a flooded road or ford. Over the weekend in Hertfordshire, a family of four were lucky to escape unharmed when their car became stuck in a ford with the water rising into it.”

In Hampshire a man and a dog died when the car they were travelling in became completely submerged in 5ft of fast-flowing water as it drove across a flooded ford in Compton Wood.

His 54-year-old wife was able to escape from the car as it was swept downstream, but the man, from the Middlesex area, had to be recovered from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

People are asked to contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188 if they need further information on flood alerts and warnings.

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