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Clean-up underway after flash floods

This cafe in Billericay was hit by flash floods

The clean-up is continuing after heavy rain caused flooding in parts of our region over the bank holiday weekend.

Essex was particularly badly hit with a number of homes and businesses hit by the flood waters.

The county's fire and rescue service was called out to more than 300 incidents. A number of incidents were reported in Billericay and Southend.

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Flooding causes chaos in Essex

This photograph reportedly taken in Hockley, Essex and posted on Twitter shows the extent of flooding in the county after torrential rain today.

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Photo taken by Hockley Station bridge today. Credit: Twitter/@JackUnofficial

Torrential rain has caused chaos across south Essex. Roads and shops were flooded and motorists suffered long delays after the London bound A127 was closed. The Fire Brigade took numerous calls from members of the public affected by the flooding.

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Seafront at Southend flooded after heavy rain Credit: Andy Dickenson
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Essex flooded after month's rainfall

Roads are flooded after torrential rain in Rochford Essex Credit: Andy Dickenson

The Bank holiday has been a washout for many but in Essex people spent the first day of the long weekend up to their knees in water.

Drains burst on the beach front at Southend-on-Sea after a month's worth of rain fell in just a few hours.

Cars struggling to make it through the floods in Rochford Essex Credit: Andy Dickenson

The Met Met Office issued weather warnings across the east of England.

At one stage in the day, 20mm of rain fell across Essex in an hour, and entire streets had to be evacuated in the town of Billericay after floods caused landslips that dragged down a wall.

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A soggy Saturday, a drier Sunday, a bright Monday

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The rain will clear up as the Bank Holiday weekend progresses. Credit: ITV

It's a soggy Saturday across the capital. Outbreaks of rain on and off through the day.

The rain turning quite heavy in places with the risk of some torrential thundery downpours.

It's not the best start to the Bank Holiday weekend but things will gradually improve over the weekend.

The wet weather gradually clears through tomorrow and there after it will be drier and brighter.

Monday look really nice, sunny and pleasantly warm.

Today's rain is no doubt likely to cause disruption to play at the Ashes.

It will also be pretty wet at times for the Challenge Cup final taking place at Wembley this afternoon.

If you are planning to head down to the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, the forecast for tomorrow is better and better still for Monday.

A word of warning, today's rain carries with it a Met Office weather warning.

The heavy downpours where they occur could result in some localised flooding and difficult driving conditions with surface spray on the roads.

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