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Storm Ciara aftermath causes disruption in King's Lynn

Disruption continues this morning in Lynn in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, with motorists being diverted on the way into town and extensive damage being caused to property.

Drivers are being diverted down Loke Road after John Kennedy Road was cordoned off by emergency services today.

As a result cars were queuing at the traffic lights by the port.

Cars being diverted down Loke Road this morning
Cars being diverted down Loke Road this morning

The roof at Page and Bird on North Street has been damaged, while the Winter Night Shelter and IMO Car Wash have also been affected by the weather.

Tara Rye, 31, has had her rear car window completely smashed by fallen debris on Hextable Road near to her home.

She said: "I was taking my daughter to school and I thought my car was fine then I noticed the damage to the rear of the car.

Tara Rye's car
Tara Rye's car

"You always think it won't happen to you. 'No my car is fine, my house is fine' then you are like 'no actually it's not fine'.

"I was at home and I could hear the emergency services; I could hear the wind and I could hear things happening but I was completely unaware until I saw a few posts on social media, and then I came out this morning and saw the damage myself.

"I am very grateful that my home isn't damaged, that my family is safe and it is just a car. It's quite disappointing because it is my first car but I am counting my blessings. I'm very grateful the damage is not more severe and I do feel for those who have experienced more damage, especially to their homes."

Another resident whose car had been parked on Hextable Road was in tears at the extent of damage to his car.

The scene at John Kennedy Road today
The scene at John Kennedy Road today

Rubble has fallen onto the road as well as a billboard. Roofing damage has also been caused to a property at the Norfolk Street end of Broad Street.

The pedestrian area has been closed until the building can be assessed for safety and any necessary repairs being carried out.

West Norfolk Council anticipate the road closure will last until early afternoon today.

A spokeswoman for the council said: "The clean-up operation is underway on John Kennedy Road, with the aim of getting the road re-opened as soon as possible. We are working with county highways and contractors to remove the materials that Storm Ciara has blown onto the road.

"We would advise people to find alternative routes into or out of town."

On Broad Street, the spokeswoman added: "We would ask people to respect the closure barriers that have been put in place as they are there for people’s safety."

Lucy McKitterick, coordinator of the Winter Night Shelter said they were still open as usual last night and will remain open today.

She said: "We’ve had some damage to the roof and are grateful to Norfolk Police and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service for their help yesterday on a difficult day for King’s Lynn."

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