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Thunderstorms produce a fortnight's worth of rain

Lightning captured in the village of Croydon between Cambridge and Biggleswade. Credit: Bob Burling

With every good heatwave in the British summer there is nearly always a spectacular thunderstorm or two.

The early hours of Saturday 4 July saw widespread electrical storms across East Anglia.

At Hitchin in Hertfordshire there was 35 mm of rain, which is more than normally falls in two weeks in July.

The overnight deluge make it the wettest day of the year so far in the East of England.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 10am on Saturday

  • 21.4 mm in Bedford
  • 21.2 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 17.6 mm in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 15.0 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 13.6 mm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 11.8 mm in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 8.0 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 7.2 mm in Cambridge
  • 3.8 mm in Norwich


Fresh warnings about dangers of outdoor swimming as man dies in Suffolk reservoir

The body of a man, believed to be in his 20s, was pulled from Alton water Reservoir in Tattingstone. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are fresh warnings today of the dangers of open water swimming after a man died at a Suffolk Reservoir last night.

The body of a man, believed to be in his 20s, was pulled from Alton water Reservoir in Tattingstone, near the Dedham Vale, after a major search by emergency services.

They were called at around 8pm last night after reports that the man was seen going under the water.

"We are asking people to stay safe following a tragic incident at Alton Water near Ipswich last night.

The best way to stay safe in or near the water is to take some sensible precautions and prevent accidents from happening."

– Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service


"You can't live like this": Essex MP calls for action over flash floods

It's been a day of clearing up for hundreds of people after flash flooding hit the region over the weekend.

In Essex more than 200 homes were affected - while the storms and sudden downpour also caused problems for more than 60 homes in and around Norwich.

In both cases residents are calling for action to prevent a repeat.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Norwich: Residents concerned about city's drainage system after flash floods

The flood water was more than a foot deep near Hall Road in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People are beginning the clear-up after flash flooding caused damage across the region yesterday.

In Essex there are calls for an investigation after 200 homes were flooded on Canvey Island.

More than two inches of rain fell but at the same time the pump system that takes water out into the Thames Estuary failed because of a lightning strike.

Meanwhile, Norwich was the wettest part in the UK and several homes were flooded.

Residents want to see more done so the city can cope better with flash flooding in future.

"The last few summers, they've been fairly dry.

So, they seem to have left the drains and not serviced them, but not just in this area, it seems around the city as well.

What they are now doing is reactive.

If it was preventative, maybe it would never have flooded in the first place."

– Colin Hymers, Resident

Flooding in Norwich with a month's rain in an hour

The flood water was more than a foot deep near Hall Road in Norwich on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Luke Ireland

Parts of Norwich saw a month's worth of rain falling in a hour on Sunday causing flash flooding in some parts of the city. Norwich was the wettest place in the UK.

Norwich airport recorded 46 mm (1.8 inches) of rain between 3pm and 4pm which is more than normally falls in three weeks.

An unofficial reading in the Carrow Road area reported 57 mm in half an hour.

The torrential downpours were isolated with some areas in the Anglia region escaping with very little rain.

Rainfall totals between 10am and 10pm on Sunday 20 July 2014

  • 48.6 mm at Norwich airport
  • 29.4 mm in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 23.6 mm at Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambs
  • 13.2 mm in Wittering, Cambs
  • 5.0 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 2.8 mm in Bedford
  • 2.6 mm in Cambridge
  • 1.4 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 0 mm in Marham, Norfolk
  • 0 mm in Northampton
  • 0 mm in Woburn, Beds
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