Storm hits Christmas plans in the Anglia region

Travellers are being warned of travel disruption over the Christmas period following heavy rain and strong winds.

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Drivers help each other get home for Christmas

Drivers are offering lifts to travellers stranded by the storms. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A Norwich-based car share scheme has thanked the many drivers helping to get people home for Christmas despite travel chaos caused by last night's storms.

Ali Clabburn, who founded Liftshare in 1998, said thousands of seats were being offered up across the country to help those stranded.

Many rail services have been cancelled this morning.

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Flood warnings in the Anglia region

There are a number of flood warnings and flood alerts in force in the Anglia region. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency has issued a number of Flood Warnings and the lower level Flood Alerts in the Anglia region following heavy rain and strong winds overnight and on Monday.

The Flood Warnings are in place in the following areas:

River Great Ouse at Buckingham

River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle in Essex

River Crouch from Noak Bridge to Runwell including Wickford in Essex

Bury Brook from Kings Ripton to Ramsey in Cambridgeshire

East Brackley in Northamptonshire

Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Park in Northamptonshire

RAIL: Latest on disruption

Some rail services are resuming this morning following the stormy weather over night.

Greater Anglia:

Some trains running but passengers warned to expect disruption.No services between: Colchester and Clacton; Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze; Marks Tey and Sudbury;

First Capital Connect:

Disruption through Luton and from London to Cambridge and Peterborough.

London Midland:

Service suspended between Bletchley and Bedford.

C2C:

No coast-bound services stopping at Basildon.

11,000 without power after overnight storm

The strong winds overnight have left more than 11,000 homes without power in the Anglia region on Christmas Eve.

The worst-hit county in the Anglia region in Suffolk with nearly 4,000 homes affected.

UK Power Networks says it has brought in additional staff to cover engineer, technical and call centre roles but it has been difficult to enlist help from other contractors because of Christmas. Other power companies also have their own weather-related problems.

People are being urged to report any power cut or damaged power lines in the East of England to 0800 783 8838.

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RAIL: Bad weather disrupting trains

Travel disruption. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The bad weather across the weather is causing disruption to rail services.

First Capital Connect:

No trains through Bedford and Luton.

No service from Cambridge and Peterborough to London King's Cross.

Greater Anglia:

No services including the Stansted Express.

London Midland:

Service suspended.

C2C:

Service suspended until late morning.

Orwell bridge closed to high-sided vehicles

The Highways Agency has closed the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk to high-sided vehicles. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Highways Agency has closed the A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk to high-sided vehicles.

The Agency say it will be keep the conditions under review and may closed the bridge to all vehicles if the weather worsens.

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