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'We will fix flooding on Downham road', says Norfolk County Council official



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A senior county official says action will be taken after storms brought flash floods to a key Downham route.

The pledge comes amid fears of a serious incident on London Road without action being taken – and reports of a near miss during torrential downpours earlier this week.

But it's likely to be several more months, at least, before any improvements take place.

Urgent action is being demanded after flash flooding of London Road, Downham (52540529)
Urgent action is being demanded after flash flooding of London Road, Downham (52540529)

Flooding was reported in several areas during a period of heavy rain early in Wednesday morning.

And the deluge made conditions particularly hazardous on London Road, where one resident said a car aquaplaned across the carriageway, narrowly missing another vehicle.

The resident, who asked not to be named, said: "We have gone through all the regular channels, reported this every year and nothing.

Fears of a serious crash are being raised following these scenes (52540536)
Fears of a serious crash are being raised following these scenes (52540536)

"Very soon this will be a significant crash site."

But Norfolk County Council, the body responsible for maintaining most of the county's roads, has insisted there will be improvements, although it is not anticipated that work will start until at least the spring.

Mark Ogden, the authority's flood and water manager, said in a statement: “The drainage improvement scheme is scheduled to be delivered in the next financial year.

“The scheme will install new gullies, pipe network and soakaways to reduce the flooding on London Road.”

When asked if it could provide a more detailed timescale for the project, the authority said it was unable to do so.

The concerns in Downham come amid broader concerns about the threat of flooding and how to tackle it.

Earlier this week, the Norfolk Strategic Flood Alliance held its first training exercise, as well as setting out its strategy for how to help communities cope with floods if they come and seeking improved protection measures.



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