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Cars submerged and people forced out of homes as flash floods hit Norfolk village

PUBLISHED: 09:54 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:00 04 June 2018

Houses flooded at Besthorpe. Picture: David Morter

Houses flooded at Besthorpe. Picture: David Morter

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A south Norfolk community is counting the costs after heavy rain caused severe flash floods.

Floods at Besthorpe. Picture: David MorterFloods at Besthorpe. Picture: David Morter

Around 10 homes in the Norwich Road and Hill Road area of Besthorpe, near Attleborough, were affected by the heavy rain. Cars parked in driveways were submerged and some people had to remain upstairs or leave their homes altogether.

Police and Norfolk Fire and Rescue were called to the village at around 5pm on Saturday and remained there until the early hours of the morning.

A spokesman for the fire service said Besthorpe was one of the places in the county affected worst by the heavy rain.

The fire service received more than 40 calls from people affected by flash flooding across Norfolk.

Serious flooding at Besthorpe, several houses and cars damaged. Picture: David MorterSerious flooding at Besthorpe, several houses and cars damaged. Picture: David Morter

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “In total we had approximately 40 to 50 calls spread from Saturday early afternoon right through to about 9.30pm.”

Firefighters did not need to attend all the incidents but crews were sent out to places including Morley, Suton, Wymondham, Spooner Row, Hellesdon, Dilham, North Walsham.

There was also flooding on the roads close to Norwich Airport and the heavy rain also caused part of the ceiling in the airport’s departures lounge to collapse.

After yesterday’s wet weather, the forecast for today is much drier.

Police were called out to flooding in Norwich Road, Besthorpe.
Photo: @BrecklandPolicePolice were called out to flooding in Norwich Road, Besthorpe. Photo: @BrecklandPolice

Weatherquest, based at the University of East Anglia, has said the forecast for East Anglia today is: “Largely dry with low cloud, mist and fog lingering near the coast, but thinning elsewhere to sunny spells.

“The small risk of an isolated sharp shower, mainly in the southwest of the region. Highs reaching 25C inland, nearer 14C along the coast in light winds.”

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