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Communities urged to act as second flood warning issued in West Norfolk

A second flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for a West Norfolk river.

People living close to the River Nar in communities including Narborough, Marham, Saddlebow, Setch and St Germans are being urged to take action now because of rising river levels.

But a warning issued yesterday for the River Wissey at Hilgay, Mundford and Stoke Ferry, has now been removed, though a flood alert remains in force.

This map shows the areas covered by the flood warning for the River Nar, covered in red. (43721418)
This map shows the areas covered by the flood warning for the River Nar, covered in red. (43721418)

The warning for the Nar was issued in the early hours of this morning.

The Environment Agency said: "River levels are rising at the Marham Gauge as a result of heavy rainfall on Wednesday 23rd December.

"Consequently, flooding (of property) is possible. We expect flooding to affect Main Road in Narborough, Spring Lane in Marham, Lynn Road, Garage Lane and St. Germans Road in Setch, Mill Road in Wiggenhall St. Germans, and Low Road, High Road Maple Road and Acer Road in Saddlebow.

"Further rainfall is forecast on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th December 2020 so we expect river levels to remain high.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services.

"Please move possession and valuables off the ground or to safety and follow advice from emergency service. Call 999 if in immediate danger."

The agency said it would update the situation later today, or as the situation changes.

Lynn firefighters have already been called to help with a flooding incident in Narborough yesterday afternoon, spending more than 90 minutes at the scene.

The warning for the Wissey is no longer in force as the agency says river levels have now fallen below the risk threshold for property flooding.

But a wider flood alert remains in place for both the Wissey and the Nar between Litcham and South Lynn.

The A1101 Welney Wash Road is also closed because of flooding.

The latest warnings come ahead of the expected arrival of Storm Bella, which is expected to bring more rain and strong winds, later today.

West Norfolk is covered by a yellow Met Office weather warning for wind, effective from 3pm this afternoon until noon tomorrow.

However, the worst of the rain is expected to hit north-west England, Wales and the south-west, where yellow warnings for rain are also in place.

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