While Norfolk fortunately suffers from relatively little flooding caused by rain we do have some localised flooding during periods of heavy rain. There is however a nationally recognised risk of flooding from the sea which may occur on rare occasions but it is important to ensure you are prepared and know what to do if flooding happens.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has the following advice in flooding situations:
- Do not compromise your own personal safety or the safety of others.
- Don’t drive or wade into flood water if at all possible, especially if it is fast flowing
- If you really can’t find a different route to drive round the flood, walk across first to check for depth
- If you absolutely have to enter flood water, don’t go deeper than the tops of your wellies, and use a pole to probe for holes in front of you
- Have a mobile phone with you, check the signal, and know exactly where you are – when you get stuck, we will need to be able to find you as quickly as possible
- Be patient – these are flash floods, which will subside quickly; you could just wait a bit and see if the water level is dropping.
- Flood waters hide a range of hazards –
- Submerged live electrical cables
- Dislodged manhole covers, leaving hidden drops in what looks like shallow water
- Collapsed or weakened culverts and bridges which can give way under you without warning
- Contamination with raw sewage
- Moving flood water can sweep you off your feet if it is only a few inches deep, and will lift up and sweep away a car if it reaches the floor pan
A checklist to help you prepare for flooding.
Use this checklist to help you prepare for potential flooding, rather than waiting until its too late (pdf)
Camping and caravan sites: minimise your flood risk
Norfolk has experienced flooding in the past and in recent years, that has affected caravan sites but there are measures you can take to minimise the risk, to find out more read this Environment Agency advice.
Flood game: a resource to teach 7 to 11 year olds about flooding