Thursday, October 10, 2013
Flood alerts have been put in place across Norfolk and Suffolk as near gale force winds and frequent rain showers hit the region.
And Norfolk police have warned people to take extra care on roads, with fallen trees and surface water causing disruption and delays.
Strong winds and rain from the north have put a stop to the spell of mild weather as temperatures tumble, with gusts of up to 55mph in Weybourne overnight and 15mm of rainfall since midnight in parts of Norfolk.
Norfolk police have warned that there is lots of surface water on roads around the county. They took to Twitter to warn: “Horrible weather and lots of surface water on the roads this morning, please drive appropriately to the road conditions.”
A tree blown down by the wind blocked a road in Lyng. Lyng road was blocked between The Street and the A1067 Fakenham Road junction.
Fallen trees also blocked Townlands at Gorleston-On-Sea, both ways at the A143 Beccles Road; at Reedham Road in Moulton St Mary; at Southwood Road in Beighton; on the B1150 North Walsham Road in Norwich, near the White Woman Lane junction and at Stoke Road in Norwich.
Trains between Norwich and Cambridge have been disrupted because power cables are down at Wymondham, with buses replacing trains between Norwich and Ely.
Power cables were also brought down by a fallen tree at The Street in Aylmerton, which had blocked the road.
There were also fallen power cables on the A149 High Street in Thornham, near the Church Street junction and on the A140 at Tasburgh.
Also on the roads, there was a crash involving a motorcycle and a car on the Queen Elizabeth roundabout in King’s Lynn just after 7.20am.
Police said a motorcyclist suffered injuries to their arm and leg and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a check up.
A motorcyclist was also hurt after an accident on the B1354 Briston Road in Melton Constable. The female rider suffered a wrist injury in the accident, which did not involve any other vehicles.
In Suffolk, the B1070 Manningtree Road in East Bergholt has been partially blocked between the White Horse Road junction and the Brantham Hill junction, because of a fallen tree.
Coastal areas are expected to be worst hit through the day and the Environment Agency (EA) has said there is a low flood risk for seaside areas in Norfolk and Suffolk.
A spokesman said: “Strong winds and large waves could cause some disruption around the Norfolk coast.
“Spray and waves may overtop sea walls, so people are recommended to avoid coastal paths and promenades, and stay safe.
“The high winds and localised flooding on roads could also make driving conditions difficult in coastal areas.”
A flood warning for Walcott was issued yesterday afternoon.
There were also a string of flood alerts, which are less serious than a flood warning, including:
■ River Waveney from Ellingham to Breydon Water
■ River Yare from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water
■ Rivers Bure from Wroxham Bridge, Ant from Honing and Thurne from Hickling to Breydon Water
■ The Suffolk Coast at Southwold
■ The Suffolk Coast from Lowestoft to Bawdsey
■ Norfolk Coast at Great Yarmouth
■ Norfolk Coast from Sheringham to Winterton
■ Norfolk Coast from Old Hunstanton to WeybourneHosp
As a precaution, North Norfolk District Council has closed five of its flood gates at Bacton, Walcott and Mundesley.
A spokesman said they were being shut on advice from the EA in preparation for today’s blustery weather. The council’s flood wardens have also been notified.