The Environment Agency is warning heavy rain and gale-force winds could see rivers burst their banks. It's expected that up to 20 millimetres of rain could fall on already wet ground tomorrow and Saturday.
Our region has so far escaped the worst of the flooding - certainly in comparison to the south-west of England - and one of the main reasons for that is flood management schemes like the Denver Sluice on the River Great Ouse in Norfolk.
The sluice handles water from the Great Ouse and its tributaries including the Lark, the Cam and the man-made Old and New Bedford Rivers. Matthew Hudson spent the day at the sluice seeing the work they do.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, Rochford DistrictCouncil will be providing free sandbags and sand to those in need. These will be available from BSG Buildbase, at PurdeysIndustrial Estate, today.
Residents will need to take proof of residency with them, such as a council tax or utility bill. They will not be expected to pay for them, merely to sign for them.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Keith Hudson, said: “Because of the exceptional weather conditions we are experiencing at the moment, following urgent discussions with our officers this afternoon, Rochford District Council has approved this move to help residents all that we possibly can.”