Essex

Two Essex men stranded in car in flood rescued by boat

Writtle College
Image caption Farmland near Writtle College in Chelmsford flooded after heavy rain

Fire crews were called to more than 30 floods overnight in Essex and two men had to be rescued by boat when their car got stuck in deep water.

Heavy rain is causing travel disruption and several Environment Agency flood warnings are in force.

The areas worst affected are Danbury, Bicknacre and East Hanningfield.

Most of the calls to the fire and rescue service came from people in flooded homes or motorists who had driven into flood water.

Flood warnings are for riverside properties in Chelmsford, for the River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle and the area of Stifford where river levels are expected to rise over the next 12 hours as the forecast is for light rain.

A family had to be moved from their bungalow home at Thorne Road, Kelvedon, because of flooding but Greenfields Housing Association said no other properties were affected there.

Flooding has been reported at Paper Mill Loch, Great Baddow, and a lorry is stuck in deep water nearby.

Impassable roads

Neil Fenwick, from Essex Fire and Rescue, said: "Every time there is flooding the service has to rescue people who have driven their cars into flood water.

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Media captionFirefighters waded through the floods to rescue a lorry driver

"When faced with water drivers should exercise a little common sense.

"If they can they should find an alternative route. If there is no way round they should park safely and get out to check the depth of the water before they drive into it.

"Just driving into water and hoping for the best is not an option, by the time you find out the water is too deep you are already trapped."

Essex Police are also urging motorists to take care after the heavy rainfall brought road closures.

Major routes currently closed in Essex include the A1245 Rayleigh Spur and the A127 Rayleigh Weir.

A number of minor roads are currently deemed impassable and as such police are urging motorists not to attempt to drive through standing water and to find an alternative route.

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