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Flood alerts in place in West Norfolk as Storm Christoph causes disruption




There are multiple flood alerts in place throughout West Norfolk as people are being urged to stay indoors and to avoid travel.

Flood alerts have been issued for the River Nar, Welney Causeway, River Wissey and North West Norfolk Rivers, with Shernborne Road currently closed near Dersingham.

Heavy rainfall is forecast today so river levels are expected to rise further as a result.

The main road through Shernborne is heavily flooded. Picture: Ian Burt. (44037440)
The main road through Shernborne is heavily flooded. Picture: Ian Burt. (44037440)

The Environment Agency is liaising with Norfolk Highways, who will decide whether to close affected roads.

Those who have to travel are asked to plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and to avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.

Photographer Ian Burt has captured footage of the main road being heavily flooded at Shernborne.

A vehicle makes its way thorugh the flooded main road at Sherborne. Picture: Ian Burt. (44037448)
A vehicle makes its way thorugh the flooded main road at Sherborne. Picture: Ian Burt. (44037448)

Shernborne Road is closed before the Mill Road junction when travelling from the direction of Dersingham.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain today and tomorrow in West Norfolk with spells of prolonged and heavy rainfall causing disruption.

Several days of persistent, and occasionally heavy, rain are expected to affect the region as Storm Christoph affects the UK.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: "Despite routine maintenance, and additional works carried out over the last few weeks, many systems are again likely to be overwhelmed by heavy rain falling on already saturated ground and full water courses.

"Surface water is taking longer to drain away than usual so please be patient. If you’re out for an essential journey, please do drive with extra care.

"Teams have been dealing with large numbers of flooding issues over recent weeks on top of the usual day to day work and essential gritting runs due to the cold weather.

"As always flooding within properties will be a priority, visit our website to report flooding here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/safety/floods/report-a-flood. ”



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