Six schoolchildren have been rescued by firefighters after their bus became trapped in flood water in Essex.
The bus was stuck in a flooded narrow lane at Farnham near Bishop's Stortford after a nearby stream overflowed following heavy rainfall overnight.
Leading Firefighter Dave Morland said: “The bus was in a narrow lane and had stopped to let a lorry go the other way. The water was deeper than he expected.
"It seems as the driver waited, water entered the exhaust, causing the bus problems and the engine cut out leaving the driver and his six passengers stranded.
"We carried the children to the water bank, they were all very brave and we were pleased to get them safely out pof their predicament quickly and safely. A local company took them into their office where they warmed up."
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There are travel problems on roads and railways in the Anglia region with continuing surface water flooding from the latest rainfall.
Standing water and heavy rain. Please drive carefully. Numerous collisions and floods already being dealt with in the counties. Drive safely
On the trains, there is disruption on the Stansted Express between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport due to flooding between Elsenham and Audley End.
Abellio Greater Anglia says trains may be delayed by up to 45 minutes at short notice.
It's also affecting trains between Cambridge and Stansted.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Haverhill and Steeple Bumpstead in Suffolk and Essex
The flood warning covers Stour Brook at Haverhill & Sturmer and the Bumpstead Brook from Steeple Bumpstead to New England.
"River levels continue to rise due to last night's rain. Areas at immediate risk are at Haverhill and Sturmer. The peak of the river is now near Sturmer.
"River levels are likely to continue to rise slowly especially in the area of Haverhill. Over the last 6 hours the forecast is for light rain. Waterside properties are at risk in Haverhill, Broad Green and Sturmer, including the B1054, B1061 and the A143.
Rising waters in the Fens have forced the closure of a main road that's prone to winter flooding.
The Environment Agency says the Welney Causeway section of the A1101 has had to be closed because of water rising on the nearby Ouse Washes. It means long diversions for drivers: they're being urged not to ignore the road closed signs.
The Environment Agency Operations Team are monitoring rivers levels and working hard to ensure water can drain off the Washes as quickly as possible. As levels have been rising, we have been checking Welmore Lake Sluice on a daily basis to ensure that the Sluice is able to discharge as much water off the Ouse Washes as possible. Over the last week we have also undertaken some additional clearance of silt at Welmore Lake Sluice so that it is fully operational.
Parts of the Anglia region have been flooded after a fortnight's worth of rain fell in one morning.Read the full story ›
Further flood warnings have been issued on rivers in the Anglia region following heavy rain.
There were three flood warnings and 17 of the less severe flood alerts in force on Thursday afternoon after a morning of heavy rain.
There are three flood warnings in force in the Anglia region which mean flooding is expected and immediate action is required:
- Northamptonshire: River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site and the Northampton Washland
- Suffolk: Wrentham watercourse from, and including Wrentham to the coast
- Suffolk: Chediston watercourse at Halesworth
Heavy rain across the Anglia region has seen rising river levels and a number of flood alerts issued by the Environment Agency.Read the full story ›
Heavy rain across the Anglia region has seen river levels rise and the Environment Agency has issued a number of flood warnings and flood alerts.
Flood warning in the Anglia region
- Chediston watercourse at Halesworth in Suffolk
"We are seeing high river levels on the Chediston watercourse due to rainfall last night and into this morning. River levels are likely to continue to rise before stabilising later today.
"Over the next 4 hours the forecast is for heavy rain. Properties are at risk on Thoroughfare, Chediston Street, Saxons Way and School Lane in Halesworth, and the A144 and the railway line at Halesworth."
A 'Flood Warning' means flooding is expected and immediate action required
Flood alerts in the Anglia region
- River Bure and Spixworth Beck in Norfolk
- River Deben from, and including Debenham to Bromeswell and the River Lark from Clopton to Martlesham in Suffolk
- Rivers Kym and Til and the Riseley Brook in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire
- Harpers Brook between Great Oakley and Islip and Willow Brook between Corby and Fotheringhay in Northamptonshire
- Blyth and Walpole Rivers and Chediston, Bramfield and Wrentham watercourses in Suffolk
- River Crouch from Noaks Bridge to Runwell, including Wickford in Essex
- Hundred Foot Washes, also known as the Ouse Washes, including the causeways at Earith, Sutton Gault and Welney on the Cambridgeshire-Norfolk border
- River Great Ouse from Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire through Bedford to Tempsford in Bedfordshire
A 'flood alert' is the lowest level warning issued by the Environment Agency and means flooding is possible so be prepared.
The A149 'Coast Road' is closed in both directions due between Old Woman's Lane (Cley Next the Sea) and The Street (Kelling) after major flooding in the Salthouse area. Buses are being diverted via the A148.