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Flood probe findings set to be revealed

Flooding in Beatrice Road, Norwich. PIC: Al Harnden.

Flooding in Beatrice Road, Norwich. PIC: Al Harnden.

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Investigators are set to release the first of a series of reports into why parts of Norwich and Broadland suffered so badly with flooding this year.

More than 40 properties were flooded in and around Norwich earlier this year - among more than a hundred properties across the county which were inundated with water.

After such incidents, Norfolk County Council has a duty to produce flood investigation reports, establishing the causes and possible solutions of the flooding.

The reports also look at the roles and responsibilities of organisations such as Anglian Water and the Environment Agency.

The council, which said 2014 had seen a “significant increase in flooding from surface water”, will unveil the first batch of reports - for Hellesdon, Sprowston, Old Catton and Thorpe St Andrew.

Steven Reilly, spokesman for Norfolk County Council, said: “We are nearing the completion of our flood investigation reports for areas of Norwich and Broadland that have been affected by flooding this year.

“In addition to writing to residents about the report findings we will also be holding drop-in meetings in local communities so that we can discuss the findings face to face.”

• Do you think more needs to be done to prevent flooding in and around the city? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

The findings of the investigations will be presented by Norfolk County Council officers at the following drop-in sessions, which all run from 6.30pm until 9pm:

• Tuesday, November 25: Hellesdon High School, Middletons Lane, Hellesdon

• Thursday, November 27: Sprowston High School, Cannerby Lane, Sprowston

• Wednesday, December 3: Pilling Park Community Centre, Pilling Park Road, Thorpe Hamlet

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