Flooding hits part of Essex

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service received more than 300 calls to flooding incidents overnight.

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Dramatic rescue of family caught on camera

This is the incredible moment three children were pulled to safety on Saturday by brave rescuers as 4x4 car got submerged in flooded road in Essex.

This footage was taken Andrew Cause as the drama unfolded in Hockley.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service say they received more than 300 flood related calls in one night.

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Flooding: Police tell drivers avoid A127

Police are advising motorists to avoid the A127, particularly at the Rayleigh Weir, which remains flooded after Saturday's heavy rain.

Officers are working with the local authority to get the water pumped away and reopen the road as soon as possible.

Over 200 incidents of flooding were reported to police on Saturday with areas worst affected including Southend, Canvey, Maldon, Burnham, Battlesbridge and Benfleet.

Fire service deluged by flooding calls

Firefighters dealt with more than 300 calls Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service received more than 300 calls to flooding incidents overnight.

The most severely affected areas were in the east of the county with the vast majority of calls coming from Hockley, Canvey, Westcliff, Rayleigh, Basildon, Billericay and Leigh.

Crews attend flooding in Canvey Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill "Both our Control Operators and Officers did an excellent job last night. We.. dealt with more than 300 calls to incidents involving flooding and our staff worked extremely hard in difficult conditions rising to the challenge last night's weather presented."