Roads flooded on east coast after heavy rain
Daniel Moxon and James Weeds
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Flood water is currently running through some streets in part of east Norfolk and Suffolk, after heavy rain throughout the day.
Photos show deep water in some streets from Great Yarmouth down to Lowestoft and Carlton Colville.
Gorleston-on-Sea appears one of the worst-hit places so far, with incidents in the town keeping fire crews very busy this afternoon.
Steve and Hannah Lewsey, of Bell’s Marsh Road, in Gorleston, said it was the second time they had been affected by flooding.
Mrs Lewsey added: "It’s grim. It happened two years ago as well. This time is much worse though. The water absolutely stinks. Our home is flooded too after the council tried to fix the road.
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"I would like someone to come along with hot soapy water, sandbags, and a cup of tea."
Adam Willis, of Bell's Marsh Garage, said his family business of over 50 years "never had a problem" until a pumping station was installed.
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"It’s a constant problem," he said. "Worst one for a while - we had one 20 years ago with all sewage around.
"I have lost a day's work and it will take at least two days to clean up. Anglian Water don’t seem to address the problem and get it sorted. We go through this cycle and we’re told it’s an act of god or mechanical failure. But surely it can be fixed."
As of 2.15pm, there are currently 15 ongoing incidents requiring the assistance of firefighters in the coastal town.
Norfolk Police said officers were on scene with fire crews in Blackwall Reach and Dock Tavern Lane in Gorleston, following reports of flooding and exposed drains close to the Morrisons supermarket.
Friday has so far been a washout for much of the county, with heavy rain for most and thunderstorms in parts of Norfolk and north Suffolk.
The Met Office has a weather warning for thunderstorms in place, which is due to expire at 6am on Saturday.
In Great Yarmouth, the "severe rain" has forced the Covid-19 testing bus to close early over concerns for the safety of staff.
A Tweet from Great Yarmouth Council said: "Due to the severe rain we've experienced today in Great Yarmouth, we've had to close our Covid-19 mobile bus unit at Matalan early.
"The weather is forecast to continue, rain is pooling around the drains and the safety of the team is our priority. Apologies for the inconvenience."
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