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Flood alerts issued in the East of England following heavy rain

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.

Several flood alerts have been issued in the Anglia region following heavy rain. Credit: PA

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."

– Environment Agency

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.

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Flood warning in force in Northamptonshire

The Environment Agency has issued at flood warning for Northamptonshire.

It's for the area around the Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site.

Flooding is expected for the River Nene at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site and the Northampton Washland imminently.

A flood warning is in force for Cogenhoe Mill in Northamptonshire. Credit: PA

"The rising river levels have already caused flooding of low lying land and roads in Nene catchment, and due to the deteriorating weather conditions we now expect properties in Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Park to be affected.

"Low lying properties near the river Nene are most at risk."

– Environment Agency

Homes in Uttlesford to be protected from flooding

Uttlesford properties to be protected Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A flooding hotspot in the Uttlesford area of Essex is to benefit from a portion of £19 million of funding for flood protection schemes.

Eight schemes are set to take place across Essex in the next five years. The first area to benefit will be Old Mead Lane in Henham which is notorious for flooding during heavy wet weather.

The work will include replacing pipes and installing brick walls and ditch work around homes. The second phase will install a series of flood fences and flood gates to the previously flooded properties.

"After identifying a number of flood protection schemes across the county, we are really pleased to be making a start on helping homeowners to further protect their properties from flooding.

“The village of Henham is the first of many to be progressed forward and we look forward to embarking on more protection schemes in the future.”

– Cllr Roger Hirst, Essex County Council

Roundabout to re-open five days after burst water main

There have been delays in Colchester for five days following disruption from a burst water main. Credit: ITV News Anglia

All routes leading to a busy roundabout in Colchester are due to fully re-open almost five days after a water main burst on the site.

Motorists have been experiencing severe delays along all four approach roads to the Maldon Road roundabout since Monday morning.

Anglian Water say they had to restrict traffic to one lane for 'safety reasons' while they fixed 30ft of pipe and excavated 100 tonnes of material.

Anglian Water say they had to restrict traffic to one lane for 'safety reasons' Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is valid until 4pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015

The Met Office is warning that further slow-moving bands of heavy rain are likely to continue into Wednesday and it could cause localised minor flooding.

The Met Office says: "The public should be aware of the risk of minor disruption to travel due to localised surface water flooding."

"Low pressure looks like maintaining some heavy rain within its circulation for a time during Wednesday, these slow-moving.

"Upwards of 30 mm could fall in a few places. Conditions are expected to ease during the afternoon."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

New plans in place to reduce risk of flooding in Essex

Homes and businesses were flooded in Canvey Island in July 2014. Credit: ITV News

Firefighters in Essex have been working on new ways to reduce the risk of flooding in Canvey Island in Essex.

In July 2014 people living on Canvey were rocked by an enormous amount of rain. A month's worth fell in the space of a few hours causing many homes and businesses to flood.

It was a stark reminder of the storm surge that hit the island in 1953 killing 59 people.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service is looking a new ways of draining the area.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

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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