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'It was the worst I have seen for ages' - Businesses react to coastal flooding

PUBLISHED: 14:01 09 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:22 10 January 2019

Andrew Peachment, director of Nanni on the Riverside Estate in Brundall said flooding was part and parcel of living by the river. Picture: Joe Norton

Andrew Peachment, director of Nanni on the Riverside Estate in Brundall said flooding was part and parcel of living by the river. Picture: Joe Norton

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A business owner has described the measures he has to take to protect his workshop from serious damage should there be a flood.

Owner of boat hire company Fencraft, David Hillburn said it has to raise expensive machinery off the ground to protect them from water damage on the Riverside Estate in Brundall. Picture: Joe NortonOwner of boat hire company Fencraft, David Hillburn said it has to raise expensive machinery off the ground to protect them from water damage on the Riverside Estate in Brundall. Picture: Joe Norton

The River Yare surrounds the Riverside Estate in Brundall leaving buildings totally exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Despite the site avoiding fierce destruction this week, a business owner said his workshop was completely flooded.

Half of the River Yare pub car park in Brundall had been flooded. Picture: Joe NortonHalf of the River Yare pub car park in Brundall had been flooded. Picture: Joe Norton

David Hillburn, of Fencraft, which offers boat hires on the River Yare, described the conditions as the worst he has seen for ages.

“Thankfully we had prepared for the flooding by lifting all the expensive machinery we have off the floor to protect it,” he said.

The pedestrian footpath in the Riverside Estate, Brundall had been flooded. Picture: Joe NortonThe pedestrian footpath in the Riverside Estate, Brundall had been flooded. Picture: Joe Norton

“It was an inconvenience but we just get use to it.”

Andrew Peachment, director of Nanni, involved in the manufacturing of boats said the floods were part and parcel of working on a site by the river.

Areas surrounding the Riverside Estate in Brundall had been flooded following the strong winds and high tide. Picture: Joe NortonAreas surrounding the Riverside Estate in Brundall had been flooded following the strong winds and high tide. Picture: Joe Norton

He described the effects of this week’s weather as minimal.

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