Photo gallery: Emergency services called out to Norwich businesses as remnants of Hurricane Bertha hits Norfolk

17:15 10 August 2014

Motorists are being warned to take extra care, with reports of fallen trees and cable lines, as well as several cars becoming stuck in flooded roads.

Forecasters say the heaviest rain has mostly passed, but now there are strong winds on the way this evening.

The worst of the stormy weather reached the region late this morning, with another swathe of dark clouds and heavy rain passing over from around 3pm.

Torrential rain started to fall in Norwich at about 12.15pm and with wind and heavy rain in out in other parts of the county too it has meant a busy time for emergency services.

Norfolk police control room received a “number of calls about flooding” with places like Larling, Wymondham among those affected, while roads have also been blocked due to fallen cable lines and trees, including one which blocked the northbound A10 carriageway in Kings Lynn, half a mile from the Hardwick roundabout.

Firefighters dealing with flooding at Lost on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.Firefighters dealing with flooding at Lost on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.

Two cars became stuck in flood water in the Wroxham area this afternoon, one in Belaugh Green Lane in Belaugh Green at 4pm, and another in Horning Road West, Hoveton shortly after 3.30pm. Police have closed the road underneath the railway bridge in Belaugh Road, Hoveton, due to flooding.

A police spokeswoman said: “Our advice is to only drive through pockets of water where you can see it’s safe to drive through and we would urge caution.”

Fire crews were also kept busy, dispatched to attend reports of flooding on Norwich’s Prince of Wales Road, as well as Thorpe St Andrew, Emneth near Downham Market and Cromer.

The torrential lunchtime downpour resulted in problems for some businesses in Norwich, including Roccos and Lost on Prince of Wales Road.

The flooded car park in Waldemar Park, Hellesdon after the heavy rain.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.The flooded car park in Waldemar Park, Hellesdon after the heavy rain. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Firefighters were called to Roccos at about 12.30pm after the downpour resulted in its basement being flooded, but the venue was able to remain open.

Due to the firefighters strike, which took place between noon and 2pm today, a retained crew were called to deal with the incident.

The crew commander, who did not want to be named, said: “Because of the heavy downpour the drains just couldn’t cope with the amount of water that fell in a short period of time.”

The commander said they pumped out between four and six inches of water from the basement of Roccos.

The flooded road under the railway bridge at Station Road in Wymondham.The flooded road under the railway bridge at Station Road in Wymondham.

While they were dealing with that incident they were contacted by the owners of Lost on Prince of Wales Road who had a similar problem.

The commander said they got the call at about 1.15pm and discovered about six inches of water in the basement which was being pumped out.

The torrential rain brought by the remnants of ex-Hurricane Bertha resulted in flooding at garages in Hellesdon.

But people living in Waldemar Park, off Waldemar Road, said the floods came every single time it rained.

The car park at Arbuckles Downham Market, which was flooded on Friday evening.The car park at Arbuckles Downham Market, which was flooded on Friday evening.

A 39-year-old man, who did not want to be named, had moved to the area in the past three or four months and still had items stored in cardboard boxes in the garage.

He said: “We’ve still got a lot of boxes and some of them have had the bottoms rotted out of them. One of the neighbours was saying its like this every time it rains.”

Douglas Frost, 74, who has lived in the area for the past five years said: “It doesn’t have to flood heavy. It just floods every time there’s a little bit of rain.”

A 36-year-old man, who did not want to be named, said: “Every time it rains its flooded. It’s happened several times this year.”

Dan Holley, a forecaster for UEA-based Weatherquest, said: “There are one or two showers still around but it’s going to be mainly dry with a bit of sunshine.

“Now it’s the turn for the wind to pick up a bit as we go through the evening.

“We could see gusts of 30 to 35mph inland and maybe about 40mph on the coast.

“All the trees are in full leaf so it could bring one or two branches down.”

He said there had been the potential for a tornado today, and there had been reports of one in the Hull area, but it would need to be confirmed following investigations into the damage.

He said: “There has been some rotation going on in the clouds but it doesn’t look like anything dropped down from it in our area.”

Tomorrow and Tuesday are also expected to be windy, with the gusts dropping a bit from Wednesday when the weather is expected to be breezy, cooler with temperatures of around 20 to 21C and pockets of sunshine and showers.

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for the East.

It states: “There is the potential for severe weather over much of the UK during Sunday as a complex depression tracks over the UK. There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast but the public should be aware of the risk of flooding due to heavy rain as well as strong winds and large waves, particularly on the coasts of southern England and areas bordering the northern Irish Sea. Given the unseasonable nature of the weather this could be sufficient to disrupt transport and make outdoor activities dangerous.

“This remains a volatile situation, and this alert is likely to be updated as the event unfolds. The public are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and alerts through the weekend.”

Great Hockham was one of the first places affected by Bertha, with a tree coming down on the B1111, blocking the road.

Elsewhere, the fire brigade was called to North Pickenham, near Swaffham, where a tree had fallen on telephone wires.

Flash flooding is making driving very difficult in parts of north Norfolk with up to two inches of standing water on many roads, especially around the coast.

Norfolk police said they received a number of calls about flooding and urged drivers to take extra care if they must travel.

Flash floods has been a feature of the summer, with people across Norfolk affected as the drains and rivers have struggled to cope with the high levels of rainfall falling in a short space of time.

The latest warning comes as parts of west Norfolk and south Cambridgeshire continue to clean-up after heavy rain on Friday evening.

Friday night report here

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