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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Norwich bore the brunt of a monsoon-like downpour as Norfolk and Suffolk suffered a dramatic deluge on Tuesday, after more than 21 millimetres of rain fell in just 12 hours.
The rain led to floods across the region, with damage caused to homes, businesses and cars.
The fire service called to deal with more than 25 floods in the city centre alone around lunchtime.
Norfolk County Council received 150 reports of flooded roads, pavements and drainage problems over the course of the day.
Three crews of firefighters were called to pump water out of Mojos nightclub, on Prince of Wales Road, which is expected to remain closed for several days after the downstairs bar area was inundated.
Tony Degouveia, the owner, said: “I’ve been here for 40 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.
“The water came in and I thought ‘I can’t cope with this’ so I called the fire brigade who were quick to respond.”
Roundtree Way, Carrow Road, Cannerby Lane in Sprowston and Beatrice Road in Thorpe Hamlet were also affected.
McDonalds on Longwater Lane was forced to close after suffering water damage to its roof and ceiling, along with the Virgin Active health club on Drayton High Road.
The rainy weather even led to a number of leaks at the county council’s County Hall headquarters, where the full council met to pick a new leader. Wheelie bins were used to collect rainwater, but a number of pictures at the back of the chamber were removed to prevent water damage.