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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


Flood Warning issued for area north of Norwich

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Spixworth Beck from, and including Horsham St Faith to Crostwick to the north of Norwich.

Flooding is expected for Beck Lane Ford at Horsham St Faith.

The Environment Agency says the general area is also covered by a Flood Alert.

"We are seeing high river levels on the Spixworth Beck due to localised heavy thunderstorms. River levels are likely to continue to rise. Over the next 12 hours the forecast is for further thunderstorms. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities."

– Environment Agency

Flood Warning issued in Southend

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook at Southend in Essex

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook at Southend Credit: PA Wire

The Environment Agency says immediate action is required and that properties are expected to flood along Prittlebrook, particularly Sutton Court Drive.

There's also a warning about waterside properties in Rochford, particularly Oak Road and St Andrews Road.


Train delays in Essex after lightning strike

Lightning strikes in Essex in the hours to 4.35pm on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Met Office

There are train delays of up to an hour on Greater Anglia services between Stratford and Southend Victoria in Essex due to lightning strike.

Lines in both directions are blocked and trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes. Engineers are en route to assess the problem.

Sunday's thunderstorms breaking out in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk

Met Office rainfall radar image taken at 2.15pm showing a line of thunderstorms in east Norfolk, east Suffolk and east Essex. Credit: Met Office

Thunderstorms have started to break out over eastern parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The Met Office has a yellow weather alert in force warning of torrential thundery downpours in places with the risk of surface water flooding. There's also the possibility of hail and strong gusts of wind.

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Met Office yellow weather warning for further thunderstorms

Area affected by the Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms. Credit: Met Office

There is a Met Office yellow weather warning in force for further heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Anglia region on Sunday.

The warning says: "Further heavy, thundery showers are likely to develop in some eastern parts of the UK today. Although many places within the warning area will stay dry, where storms do occur, torrential downpours are possible with lightning, hail and perhaps locally strong wind gusts. The most likely areas for local disruption are across parts of eastern and southeastern England."

The weather warning is valid until 11.55pm on Sunday 20 July 2014

"The remnants of the very warm, humid, unstable airmass are still affecting eastern and some central parts of the UK today. As a result, further thundery showers are likely to develop across these parts in response to daytime heating today. There remains some uncertainty regarding exactly where these may develop and, as often happens in this situation, some areas will stay dry."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment
Satellite and rainfall radar image taken at 11.30am on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Met Office
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