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Update: Weather problems in Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 08:49 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:24 10 March 2013

Flooding at the junction of Palmers Lane in Freethorpe.

Picture: James Bass

Flooding at the junction of Palmers Lane in Freethorpe. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2013

The weather remained bleak as sleet and outbreaks of snowy weather passed through Norfok and north Suffolk.

Norfolk and Suffolk Police were advising motorists to take extra care on the county’s roads as rain continues to fall and water levels rise.

The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings in the North East of Suffolk county for the Wrentham and Chediston Water Courses and the River Waveney in the Bungay area.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journey, slow down and not to attempt to drive through flooded roads.

This morning flooding has affected the B1159 Stalham Road in Sea Palling at the Hickling Road junction.

Rain was expected to fall through to Sunday 10 March and although warnings are in place for the Mid Suffolk and Waveney districts, many roads across the whole of the county are affected by standing water, which can be difficult to see in the dark.

In Norfolk a fire crew from Wroxham went to Market Street, Tunstead, where there were reports of flooding in several properties. Crews carried out salvage work and gave advice to homeowners.

Driving on the A11 between Thetford and Wymondham was reported to be very difficult because of snow, and several people had to be rescued from floodwater in south Norfolk.

In New Buckenham, motorists were rescued by firefighters when their car was winched out of floodwater on Danbrigg at 7.30pm on Saturday (March 9), while fire crews from Long Stratton and Carrow rescued two people stuck in their car in the ford at Tasburgh just after midnight on Sunday (March 10).

They were then called out again at 4.40am to rescue a person stuck in floodwaters on Low Road, and at 6.30am one engine from Long Stratton attended a flooded cellar on Norwich Road in Forncett. Crews pumped out two feet of water.

Earlier several hours of rain and sleet resulted in some surface flooding which caused problems for rail and road users in Norfolk.

Rail passengers travelling between Norwich and Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth as well as from London Liverpool Street to Norwich experienced delays and cancellations because of flooding on the line between Brundall and Norwich at Postwick.

The flooding has resulted in at least four cancellations and delays on other Greater Anglia services with more disruption possible this morning.

However the rail operator said the line has now reopened between Brundall and Norwich following the earlier flooding.

As well as problems on the rail network, the weather is causing concern for motorists on the A146 at Hales where standing water is making conditions difficult for drivers.

A spokesman from the force control room said police and highways will be attending the scene to help warn motorists about the problems.

It follows reports of one vehicle having left the road in the conditions with other motorists skidding and sliding in the area.

The police spokesman advised drivers in the area to “slow down and be vigilant when passing through”.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said officers were called to flooding incidents in Sharon Close, Felmingham, near North Walsham, and The Grove, in Ingham, near Stalham at about 11am today where they gave advice to property owners.

Flooding is also causing problems on the A146 in Framingham Pigot, in Slade Lane, Yelverton, and on the A1151 Norwich Road in Smallburgh, and at the junction of Palmer’s Lane and The Green in Freethorpe, which flooded earlier this year after heavy rain.

Church Lane in Cley has also been closed at the top of the hill near the church, due to subsidence. There were reports a vehicle had got stuck in the water. Police say expect delays in the area and urged people to drive safely.

Church Lane in Cley has also been closed at the top of the hill near the church, due to subsidence.

Martin Swan, a Norfolk police control room supervisor, said officers arrived at the road at 3.25pm but was not sure when the road would reopen.

At 4.30pm an officer from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service was called to two properties on Whimpwell Street, Happisburgh, near Cromer, because of flooding concerns. But the emergency service was not needed.

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