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Stormy weather caused floods and delays in Norfolk last night

PUBLISHED: 08:02 16 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:29 16 June 2016

Heavy rain causing flash flooding in Wroxham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Heavy rain causing flash flooding in Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Hefty showers and stormy weather caused problems across the region last night as several areas experienced flash-flooding.

Heavy rain causing flash flooding in Wroxham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYHeavy rain causing flash flooding in Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A surge in water levels was reported in Wroxham, Rackheath, Salhouse, and Hunstanton – while trains between Norwich and Sheringham were badly delayed after lightning damaged the line’s signalling system.

It comes as forecasters warned to expect more stormy weather today.

Steve Read, a builder who lives in a property off Salhouse Road, Rackheath, said it was the second incidence of flooding in two weeks in the neighbourhood.

“It was knee-deep in some parts,” he said. “My wife was returning home by car but she couldn’t get through the road so she had to park much further away.

Heavy rain causing flash flooding in Wroxham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYHeavy rain causing flash flooding in Wroxham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“Two weeks ago it flooded nearly as badly as this and we tried to drive through the water but the gearbox flooded and we had to pay for repairs.” Officers from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service inspected the flash-floods and provided advice to residents in Salhouse and Rackheath, as well as in the west of the county in Hunstanton.

Meanwhile, heavy rain also flooded Norwich Road in the centre of Wroxham, where warning signs were put out urging drivers to test their brakes after driving through the water.

And the stormy weather impacted on the Norwich to Sheringham railway line after lightning damaged the signalling system.

The problems caused delays of up to 80 minutes throughout the evening while engineers from Network Rail worked to fix the fault.

Greater Anglia, the company which runs services along the line, apologised for the delay.

Chris Bell, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said the region could see more of the same weather throughout today.

“There will be some sunny spells but cloud will build to bring scattered heavy showers and a few thunderstorms which could lead to localised flooding.”

Temperatures will be around 18-20 degrees Celsius, he said.

Friday is expected to be drier, with the potential for thunderstorms in southern parts of the region, and cooler temperatures along the north Norfolk coast.


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