Heavy rain and gusting winds batter East Anglia
11:58 11 August 2014
Heavy rain and gusting winds battered East Anglia over the weekend, leaving communities once again dealing with the aftermath of flash flooding.
The west of Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire were hit with torrential rain on Friday, with some families waking up to find water in their homes on Saturday.
More rain fell in 24 hours in March, Cambridgeshire, than would be normally be expected for the whole of August.
Families and businesses in Wisbech, Upwell, Outwell, Emneth, Necton, Swaffham, King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Cromer were among those facing a clean-up following two heavy downpours in quick succession.
Leisure centres, football pitches and shops were flooded and hundreds of homes lost their power supply.
Saturday brought a brief respite and spells of sunshine, and no doubt many organisers will have breathed a sigh of relief as crowds made the most of the break in the bad weather to flock to events such as Blickling’s Last Night of the Proms, Reepham Festival and Wells Carnival Parade.
But the remnants of Hurricane Bertha swept across the country on Sunday, bringing yet more storms and looming cloud formations.
By lunchtime, businesses in Prince of Wales Road in Norwich were reporting flooded basements, and conditions were deteriorating on the roads due to fallen trees and cable lines, as well as surface water flooding.
Organisers decided on Saturday to cancel Sunday’s annual dog show in Great Yarmouth, but other events went ahead as planned and the inclement conditions brought out a determination to carry on regardless. Hemsby’s lifeboat crew enjoyed their most successful open day so far, and while a thunderstorm caused a brief power cut at Reepham Festival, performers continued playing and encouraged the audience to join in.
Meanwhile, the fun continued at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey, where a tented town has been erected as 6,000 scouts, guides and their leaders enjoy the week-long extravaganza that is Norjam. By mid afternoon the worst of the rain had passed, but forecasters warned that the wind would reach 40mph at the coast.
The strong gusts are due to continue into tomorrow, while the rest of the week should remain breezy and cooler, with spells of sunshine and showers.
More stories on how the weather affected our region in today’s paper.