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Nearly a month's worth of rain in a day in the Anglia region

The Anglia region has a had a proper summer soaking with nearly a month's worth of rain falling in just 24 hours. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Anglia region has a had a proper summer soaking with nearly a month's worth of rain falling in just 24 hours.

The wettest place so far is Norwich which more than 40 mm (1.6 inches) in the 24 hours at 6am on Saturday. The usual monthly rainfall in July in the Anglia region is 51 mm (2 inches).

The heavy rain sparked flash flooding in Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire where police warned motorists not to drive through deep water on the roads.

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 24 hours to 6am on Saturday 25 July 2015

  • 42.2 mm at Norwich airport
  • 40.2 mm in Wattsiham, Suffolk
  • 39.2 mm in Higham, Suffolk
  • 36.2 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 33.4 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 32.0 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 29.0 mm in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 27.4 mm in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 24.0 mm in Cambridge
  • 23.6 mm in Bedford
  • 21.4 mm in Northampton

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A fortnight's worth of rain in less than a day in the Anglia region

Up to 30 mm of rain fell in 12 hours in the Anglia region on Friday 24 July 2015. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Up to 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain fell in the Anglia region on Friday 24 July 2015 and in some places a fortnight's worth of rain has fallen in just 12 hours.

Harpenden in Hertfordshire saw more than 30 mm of rain between 9am and midnight on Friday. That was on top of more than 50 mm (2 inches) that fell during torrential downpours and thunderstorms last Friday.

Rainfall totals between 10am and 10pm on Friday 24 July 2015

  • 28.0 mm in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 26.8 mm in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 24.2 mm in Charsfield, Suffolk
  • 24.2 mm in Higham, Suffolk
  • 23.2 mm in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 22.6 mm in Writtle, Essex
  • 22.6 mm in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 21.8 mm in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 21.0 mm at Norwich airport
  • 19.2 mm in Northampton
  • 18.4 mm in Bedford
  • 17.0 mm in Cambridge

In an average July, 51 mm of rain falls in the Anglia region during the entire month.

Critical incident in Bishop's Stortford as roads close due to flooding

Flooding on Parsonage Lane Credit: Elaine Smith
Flooding in Stansted Road Credit: Herts Police

Reports are coming in that roads in Bishop's Stortford have been closed down because of flooding.

Police are warning drivers not to attempt to pass through it. They say a critical incident plan is in place.

Roads blocked are thought to include Stansted Road and Parsonage Lane.

Environment Agency monitoring flood situation with continuing heavy rain

The Environment Agency is warning that the rainfall will bring a risk of localised surface water flooding Credit: PA

The Environment Agency is warning that the rainfall will bring a risk of localised surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The Agency says it is monitoring the situation closely and supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding. There are teams out on the ground working to reduce the risk of flooding, but the Environment Agency will issue flood alerts and warnings for rivers if required.

"Heavy rainfall on Friday night into Saturday brings a risk of surface water flooding for parts of south and east England. If you’re driving away for the summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk."

– John Curtin, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency

Torrential downpours hit the Anglia region bringing down trees and causing flooding

A band of torrential rain and strong winds has swept across the Anglia region bringing down trees and causing localised flooding.

The video below shows the rain blowing horizontally across the street in Norwich city centre at 3pm.

Northamptonshire Police have reported very windy conditions across Daventry and South Northants with four reports of fallen trees.

Norfolk Police have issued warnings to drivers via Twitter:

The pink colours on the radar indicate rainfall rates of 8-32 mm per hour. Credit: Met Office

The chart below shows where lightning has struck in the Anglia region in the hour to 1520 hrs.

Lightning strikes in the Anglia region between 2.20 and 3.20 pm on Sunday 30 March 2015 Credit: Met Office

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Flood warning issued for the River Wid in Essex

A flood warning has been issued for the River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle. Credit: Environment Agency

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Wid from Ingatestone to, and including Writtle.

The Agency says river levels continue to rise slowly from Saturday's rainfall and that flooding is expected for Stock Lane, Ingatestone is at risk and properties at Hylands Mill and around Writtle Bridge.

Over the next 24 hours the forecast is for no significant rain and river levels are expected to fall.

Flood warning issued for River Nene east of Peterborough

A Flood Warning has been issued for the North Bank Road by the River Nene east of Peterborough Credit: Environment Agency

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the North Bank Road alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice.

Flooding is expected for the North Bank Road alongside the River Nene to the east of Peterborough and the West of the Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice during times of tide lock.

"Heavy rain on Saturday has caused river levels to rise on the River Nene. During periods of high tide the river will be unable to discharge into the sea, resulting in tide lock conditions. This is likely to lead to localised flooding at North Bank Road."

– Environment Agency

There are also more than a dozen Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region.

Flood warnings issued in the Anglia region

There are flood warnings in force in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Credit: PA

After a night of heavy rain and, in some places, snow, rivers have been put under strain. Flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency in parts of Cambridgeshire.

More than a fortnight's worth of rain fell in some areas in just 12 hours making it the wettest day since August.

In the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday, Holbeach in Lincolnshire had 28 mm (1.1 inches) of rain while Norwich recorded 27 mm.

  • Ellington, Hamerton and the Alconburys

Flooding is expected for Hamerton, Upton, Alconbury, Alconbury Weston and Ellington

"Water levels along the Alconbury and Ellington Brooks continue to rise following last night’s rain. At Hamerton levels are still rising but may peak in the next few hours. At Alconbury Weston levels have risen fast and may continue to rise and stay high for some hours. This water will then make its way down to Alconbury and Brampton through the day keeping levels high."

– Environment Agency

An overnight flood warning on the Chediston watercourse at Halesworth was lifted at 9.35am on Saturday.

There are also several of the lower level Flood Alerts in place on rivers in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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