Essex

Storm Ciara: Brightlingsea beach huts swept up in floods

Brightlingsea Image copyright Jane Stewart
Image caption The local council have advised people to stay clear of the floodwaters

Beach huts have been swept up by high tides in Essex as Storm Ciara continues to hit the UK.

The huts were caught up in flooding in Brightlingsea and Tendring District Council said its seafronts and engineering services were assisting while the water remained.

"We advise people not to go near the floodwaters," a tweet added.

Witness Jane Stewart said it was "very sad" for hut owners but did not believe any had been washed away into the sea.

"The water has lifted them up and deposited them in the field on the incoming high tide rushing in and being pushed by the wind. None were taken out as the tide started to subside," she said.

Meanwhile, people had to be rescued from their cars in Suffolk mid-morning after several vehicles got stuck in water on The Strand at Wherstead near Ipswich, just downstream of the Orwell Bridge.

Image caption The cars got trapped near the Orwell Bridge, south of Ipswich

The coastguard, the fire service and police were all in attendance as the River Orwell estuary flooded the road, resulting in travel disruption.

At one point on Monday more than 8,000 properties across the BBC East region were without electricity.

Norfolk was the worst-hit county with UK Power Networks reporting 3,738 homes were affected by 10:00 GMT.

A tree fell on a distribution box in Thetford causing it to explode and several power lines were brought down.

The power firm said its engineers were working to restore supplies and apologised to customers for the delay.

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