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More rain brings further flooding

The rain keeps falling in December and 2012 looks set to be wettest since records began in East Anglia more than a century ago. The weather conditions continue to cause flooding in parts of the region with rivers overflowing and roads under water.

To make matters worse the Environment Agency, based in Peterborough, says more rain is on its way.

At 5pm on Thursday 27 December there were 9 Flood Warnings and 31 Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region. The Environment Agency website has further details.

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Latest on Flood Warnings in the Anglia region

High water levels on the River Great Ouse in St Ives in Cambridgeshire on Thursday 27 December 2012 Credit: Chris Warner / ITV Anglia

The Environment Agency still has 13 Flood Warnings and 45 Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region as the wet weather continues over the Christmas period.

Today's rain will clear the east of the Anglia region during the early afternoon although more rain is expected by tomorrow morning.

Most of the Flood Warnings are along the River Nene in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. Credit: Environment Agency

Click here for the list of Flood Warnings in the Anglia region.

Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

The Environment Agency still has 17 Flood Warnings in force across the Anglia region as more rain is forecast over the next few days.

There are also 51 of the lower level Flood Alerts in place across the region.

The maps below show that the worst affected areas are Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.

Early indications suggest that 2012 could be the wettest on record in East Anglia following on from 2011 which was the driest year since 1921.

Flood warnings in force in Essex at 7.15am on Thursday 27 December 2012 Credit: Environment Agency
Flood Warnings in force in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire at 7.15 am on 27 December 2012 Credit: Environment Agency

Fire service says drivers still ignoring flood warnings

Flooding still a problem Credit: ITV Anglia

Essex Fire Service have had to rescue several motorists who have ignored warning signs and driven into floods. One driver called to say he was stuck just past a road closure sign!

Throughout the weekend, firefighters have been urging motorists to use common sense and not put themselves in danger by driving through flooded roads. Last night seven people had to be rescued from two vehicles in Margaretting. Others have been rescued at Orphans Hill and Dunmow.

The Fire Service say they handled dozens of similar calls during Christmas Day.

Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

The Environment Agency still has 17 Flood Warnings and 50 Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region.

As the maps below show, the warnings are clustered in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

More rain is forecast over the next few days.

Flood warnings in force in Essex at 8am on Boxing Day Credit: Environment Agency

Click here for the latest Anglia Weather forecast.

There are full details of all the flooding information on the Environment Agency website.

Flood warnings in force in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire at 8am on Boxing Day Credit: Environment Agency
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