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  • Flooding reported across the county, including A120 near Braintree
  • Residents in Halstead warned to expect flooding along River Colne
  • Street lights to remain switched on tonight and tomorrow



Street lights will remain switched on for the next two nights across the county.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "A multi-agency meeting has been held to ensure all contingencies are in place to deal with any flooding which may occur as a result of further rainfall expected this evening.

"Drivers are again urged to take care when using any sections of road which may have been affected by the floods and not to drive through the water.

"As a precaution all street lights will remain on throughout the nights of both this evening, Friday, and Saturday, February 8.

"The most severely affected areas are in the north of the county, particularly in the Uttlesford district."



Alfie Potter took this photo of flooding in Great Yeldham:

Halstead Gazette:



Essex Travel Centre updates:

  • Great Yeldham - Bridge Street closed at the junction of Leather Lane and North Street as the river has burst its banks.
  • Hatfield Peverel - Terling Hall Road blocked near the B1137 due to flooding at the railway bridge.


Update from First Buses:

Because of heavy rain and flooding in areas of the county, the following diversions and/or cancellations are in place:

Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon

  • Service 9/10 is unable to serve Gt Bardfield and Finchingfield.
  • Heavy surface water on the A120 in Bradwell and a fire at the London Road/Bakers Lane junction is forcing service 70 to divert. As a result, White Court and the stops up to the London Road overpass will not be served.

All other services across Essex are subject to delays because of flooding and slow moving traffic.

Service information will be updated every hour so please check before you travel.




New flood alerts issued for Rivers Pant and Blackwater from Great Bardfield to Langford, including Braintree, and the River Brain from Black Notley to Witham.





Hedingham School is closing at 11.20am today. A statement on the school's website said: 

"The Head has reluctantly decided to close the school at 11:20am due to adverse weather conditions and related traffic issues. Buses and taxis have been called. Any students unable to access their homes have been requested to go to the foyer pending pick up by parents."





Nikki Crow posted this photo on Facebook of the A120.

Halstead Gazette:





The Environment Agency's flood warning for the River Colne has been extended to include the section from Castle Hedingham to Halstead.





Witham MP Priti Patel said: "With more heavy rainfall and strong winds, I know this is a worrying time for many families and businesses in my constituency and throughout Essex.

"I would urge people using the roads to drive with extra caution and report any incidents of flooding and overflowing drains to the relevant authorities so these can be addressed."




Police have issued this advice to drivers:

Know the risks:

Many cars will start to float in as little as 12 inches of water.

This can be extremely dangerous; as the wheels lose grip, and you will lose control - with the obvious risks and consequences.

The engine air intake on many cars is low down at the front of the car; just an egg cupful of water ingested into the combustion chamber is sufficient to destroy an engine.

Water does not compress, resulting in bent or broken con rods or split engine block.

Driving too fast, even in relatively shallow water can cause water to be ingested.

Even appropriate fording can cause costly damage.

The catalytic converter, (part of the exhaust system) which works at extremely high temperatures, can crack upon contact with cold water, requiring costly replacement.

Avoiding damage:

Only drive through flood water if you know it's not too deep.

This will be no deeper than the lowest part of the vehicle's bodywork, (usually the bottom of the spoiler (front panel) or sill panel, (below the doors).

Do not attempt to drive through fast-moving water, such as at a flooded bridge approach - your car could easily be swept away, even at modest depths.

With standing water, physically test the depth of the water with a pole (wade in, if necessary, but only where it is safe to do so), or observe the depth against other vehicles that cross successfully.

If you have to drive through water, select a low gear so the engine revs are higher, slipping the clutch if necessary or, for automatic vehicle, select the lowest ratio and balance the throttle and brakes.

Before entering, consider other drivers - pass through flooded sections one car at a time, don't drive through water against approaching fording vehicles.

Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave.

Test your brakes as soon as you leave the water.

If you get stuck:

If the worst happens and you break down: firstly, ensure the safety of all involved, including other road users.

Do not repeatedly try to start the engine, (this may cause further damage).

Call for recovery and wait in a safe place.


A road blockage in Gestingthorpe, as shown in this picture from Karen Wrigley-Moss:

Halstead Gazette:


Michelle Edney took this photo in Great Yeldham this morning:

Halstead Gazette:


Debbie Farrell posted this picture of flooding on the Fairview estate in Braintree on Facebook:

Halstead Gazette:



Essex Travel Centre reports a tree has fallen onto cables in Riffhams Lane, Danbury, partially blocking the road.






Latest update from the Essex Travel Centre includes the following incidents:

  • A1124 Colchester Road, Halstead – road is flooded at junction with Greenstead Green Road – police say cars are stuck in the flooding.
  • A131 flooded at Bulmer Tye and Catley Cross.
  • Braintree - A120 North Bound - Slow moving traffic bbetween Galleys Corner adn the Marks Farm Roundabout
  • A120 East Bound – Slow moving traffic between Marks Tey (A12/J25) and Coggeshall
  • A131 Braintree Road South Bound – Slow moving traffic between Great Leighs and Essex Regiment Way (A130/B1008)




Another photo from reporter Will Lodge of flooding in Colchester Road, Halstead

Halstead Gazette:




The Environment Agency has warned "properties are at risk" in Halstead and Earls Colne as flooding is expected along the River Colne, from Halstead to Lexden.

A statement issued at 8am said: "River levels are expected to remain high over the next 24 hours.

"The peak of the river is now near Earls Colne. River levels are likely to continue to rise.

"Over the next 12 hours the forecast is for light rain.

"Properties are at risk in Halstead, Earls Colne, Chappel, Ford Street and Lexden.

"The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities."


Finchingfield Primary School is reported to be closed today due to floods in the village.





Big queues on the A120 are being reported as a result of flooding near Bradwell. 

Comments (2)

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11:02am Fri 7 Feb 14

e5mitch says...

How does the exhaust 'suck water' in?!!
As long as the engines revs are kept up water won't get in.
How does the exhaust 'suck water' in?!! As long as the engines revs are kept up water won't get in. e5mitch
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12:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

pinkteapot says...

The pictures of the A1124 at the bottom look a bit pathetic compared to the A120. Few inches of water?
The pictures of the A1124 at the bottom look a bit pathetic compared to the A120. Few inches of water? pinkteapot
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