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Greater Anglia tweet services still disrupted by flooding

Flooding at Manor Park station. Credit: Greater Anglia

Further flooding expected across Essex

Last night and this morning Essex experienced an exceptional amount of rainfall in a short period of time.

With a Met Office amber warning in place and more rain forecast for later this afternoon and into the evening, motorists are being advised not to travel unless their journeys are absolutely necessary.

Highways

Heavy rain has affected four locations.

These locations are:

  • A127 Fortune of War roundabout, Laindon
  • Parkway, Chelmsford
  • Howe Green under A12
  • A414 at Writtle, outside Hanging Gardens Garden Centre

School closures

Some schools have been forced to close today due to flooding. These include:

  • Margaretting Church of England, Ingatestone
  • Monkwick Infant School and Nursery, Colchester
  • St Peter's Church of England, Chelmsford
  • The Ongar Academy, Ongar

Updates can be found here

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Amber weather warning for more thundery downpours in the south of the Anglia region

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning for southern parts of the Anglia region as more thundery downpours are forecast.

The whole region is covered by a yellow "be aware" weather warning.

Areas covered by amber and yellow weather warnings for Thursday into Friday. Credit: Met Office

The amber weather warning is in force in parts of Hertfordshire and Essex from 3pm until 11pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The yellow weather warning is valid until 2am on Friday 24 June 2016 and covers the entire Anglia region.

The Met Office is warning of possible disruption to travel and localised flooding as well as frequent lightning.

The Met Office says there is a risk of thunderstorms affecting the London area this afternoon and evening.

Although some areas will miss them, potentially intense thundery downpours are likely elsewhere in the Anglia region this afternoon and evening before they clear later this evening or during the early hours of Friday.

More thundery showers are heading northeastwards across the Channel towards the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

"Another wave of thunderstorms breaking out across southeastern UK this afternoon and evening is likely to bring some thunderstorms into the London area.

"Whether these storms are as severe as those of last night is, at this stage, uncertain, but in view of storms being expected during the afternoon and evening impacts may be as widespread as those of last night and first thing this morning.

"Warm and humid air has spread into roughly the southeastern quarter of the UK, bringing with it a risk of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Where thunderstorms occur torrential rain and frequent lightning are expected.

"30 mm or more of rain could fall in an hour and locally in excess of 50 mm is possible in two or three hours."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

People advised to take diversions to avoid getting stuck in flood water

Essex Police have retweeted a picture from the Essex Police Marine that shows a car stuck in flood water in Essex.

Motorists are being advised to take diversions to avoid getting stuck.

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Main Norwich - London delays till at least 13:00

Flooding at Manor Park station. Credit: Greater Anglia

Rail commuters are facing delays on the main Norwich - London line until at least 13:00. It's due to flooding at Manor Park near Stratford.

Abellio Greater Anglia tweeted a picture showing the extent of the problem.

They're advising passengers not to travel on the line unless absolutely necessary.

Main Norwich - London railway line under water

Flooding at Manor Park station Credit: Abellio Greater Anglia

Rail commuters are facing long delays on the main Norwich - London line this morning. It's due to flooding at Manor Park near Stratford.

Abellio Greater Anglia tweeted a picture showing the extent of the problem.

They're advising passengers not to travel on the line unless absolutely necessary.

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Motorists warned not to travel unless necessary

Surface water on the A12.

Motorists are being warned not to travel unless their journeys are absolutely necessary after last night’s torrential rain caused chaos on the county’s roads.

This morning the A12 still has two lanes blocked at Margaretting (junction 14) with queues back to Hatfield Peverel (junction 20). Chelmsford city centre is also extremely congested because of traffic diverting through it and the standing water on many roads.

Flooding is also causing long delays on the A127 where the Fortune of War roundabout at Laindon is flooded London-bound, causing long queues. Traffic is passing through the flood water very slowly.

The A414 is flooded at the Four Wantz roundabout in Ongar and there are numerous broken down vehicles causing very long delays both ways. The A414 from the roundabout west towards North Weald was shut earlier this morning to allow emergency services time to deal with the problems.

On the A12 Colchester bypass there is flooding on the London-bound carriageway with queues back into Suffolk and back on to the A133.

Numerous other roads across the county are affected by flooding and standing water - many minor roads are impassable.

Flood warnings issued in Essex after torrential rain

The Environment Agency has issued flood warning in Essex after heavy rain overnight. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings in Essex after thunderstorms brought torrential rain to the Anglia region

  • River Wid from Ingatestone to, and including Writtle

The Environment Agency says: "We are seeing high river levels on the River Wid and River Can due to last night's rainfall.

"The peak of the river is now near Ingatestone. River levels are likely to continue to rise, especially in the areas of Writtle and Chelmsford.

"Over the next 24 hours the forecast is for thunderstorms. Flooding is expected for Stock Lane, Ingatestone and properties are at risk at Hylands Mill and around Writtle Bridge.

"The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities."

  • River Crouch from Noak Bridge to Runwell, including Wickford

The peak of the river is now near Crays Hill. River levels are likely to continue to rise for the next couple of hours in the Wickford area. Over the next 6 hours the forecast is for continued heavy rainfall before it clears away early morning.

Heavy rain floods roads and rail lines in the Anglia region

More heavy rain and thunderstorms have brought flooding on roads and rail lines in the Anglia region.

Trains are severely disrupted on the mainline between Norwich and London because of flooding at Manor Park.

More than an inch of rain fell overnight at Shoeburyness in Essex. That represents the amount of rain that normally falls in a fortnight in an average June.

The Met Office rainfall radar sequence shows where the heaviest rain fell overnight

Rainfall totals in the Anglia region in the 12 hours to 6am on Thursday 23 June

  • 28 mm at Shoeburyness in Essex
  • 21 mm at Andrewsfield airfield near Braintree in Essex
  • 15 mm at Cavendish in Suffolk
  • 12 mm at Wattisham in Suffolk
  • 11 mm at Harpenden in Hertfordshire
  • 11 mm at Tibenham airfield in Norfolk

Norwich to London rail commuters told not to travel 'unless necessary'

Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Rail passengers are being advised not to travel unless necessary after heavy rain flooded part of the Norwich to London mainline.

The track at Manor Park near Stratford in London is currently under water, which means major delays on most services into and out of London Liverpool Street.

Many trains are being cancelled and there are no services between Chelmsford and London.

It is affecting all services on the Norwich, Clacton and Southend lines. Disruption is expected until at least 10am.

Passengers are advised to check with Abellio Greater Anglia here before they travel.

Southern has also cancelled trains between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes.

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