Flash flooding caused by summer storms subsiding

Flash flooding caused by summer storms that brought parts of the country to a halt over the weekend is gradually subsiding and forecasters say much of the UK will enjoy dry weather today and over the coming week.

Flooding in Kent on Sunday. Credit: @Kent_999s

Homes and communities in south-east England were flooded after heavy downpours yesterday, with people stranded in vehicles, roads blocked by rising waters and properties damaged by lightning.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said properties were affected in Canvey Island and resources were stretched as crews were called to incidents in Southend, Harlow and Ongar, compounded by striking union members.