The report about The Wash and Tope in Hunstanton getting flooded by rainwater reminded me of a time in the early 1990s when many properties in Le Strange Terrace were flooded.
It was a Sunday morning in August when the town experienced a terrific thunderstorm and a flash flood. The drains could not take in all the water so it ran down towards the sea front. At the Showboat Amusement Arcade the water came in the back doors and out of the front into the street. All the staff worked day and night and the arcade was up and running again after being closed for five days. At The Wash and Tope, the force of the water knocked down the back wall so the water rushed through the hotel. The water knocked over a Sunday market trader and the fish and chip shop and the Seagull restaurant were also flooded. In Southend Road, the row of cottages to the south of Flemings garage were often flooded for many years and until the angle of the road was altered; residents would have a pile of sandbags standing by ready for the next flood.
Dick Melton, Hunstanton