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Pictures: Flooding hits Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:32 02 July 2010

The Geldeston Locks pub

The Geldeston Locks pub

Kate Scotter

Heavy rain has taken its toll on parts of Norfolk, with these pictures showing the extent of flooding that followed weekend downpours.

Flooding in the waveney valley

Heavy rain has taken its toll on parts of Norfolk, with these pictures showing the extent of flooding that followed weekend downpours.

Fields at Trowse, near Norwich, and around Ellingham Mill, near Bungay, flooded while The Locks Inn at Geldeston was surrounded by water, leaving the landlord going to and from his property by boat.

The pub was closed today but customers are urged to check their website for up to date information about opening times.

Colin Smith, landlord, said: “It's a very unusual situation and normally we're open all winter long but we've had to close today because of access problems, we can't get a car down to us.

“It's been the constant precipitation of one kind or another. It's a shame because I've been here six or seven years and it's never been this bad. The swans are enjoying grazing in my garden though.”

Sunday saw a combination of high tides, northerly winds and flood water which led to the flooding. It came on the back of the coldest winter for 30 years.

Since the weekend though, the weather has seen a change for the better and temperatures have hovered around the average for this time of year at about 7C with sunshine and blue skies.

But weather forecasters have warned that the lovely weather will not be staying long and will be replaced by cloudy skies and possibly more wintry showers by Friday.

Chris Bell, a forecaster from Weatherquest, based at the University of East Anglia, said today and tomorrow will be cloudy with a chance of wintry showers on Friday.

The Met Office has released figures which have revealed that the UK has been the coldest for more than 30 years.

The mean UK temperature was 1.5C (34.7), the lowest since 1978/9 when it was 1.2C.

Latest weather forecast - page 14.

To find out the latest about The Locks Inn, go to www.geldestonlocks.co.uk

Have you taken some pictures of the weather? Email them to newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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