Flood alerts issued for Essex following heavy rainfall

Flood alerts have been issued for parts of Essex following heavy rainfall across the county.

River levels are rising on the Richer Chelmer, Wid and the River Can, affecting Chelmsford and areas to the west of the city.

There has been minor flooding of low-lying land today (December 23), and this could continue into Christmas Eve.

Residents have been advised to take care when in close proximity to high water, and be prepared to take action.

There is also a flood alert in place on the River Colne from Great Yeldham to Colchester

According to the Government Flood Information Service, river levels here are expected to rise again.

Any further updates will be issued via the Government website.

A Met Office warning for rain is currently in place between 6am on Wednesday (December 23) and 6am on Christmas Eve (December 24).

Areas affected by the flood alert

It covers most of the county, but a small portion of north Essex in towns like Braintree, Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea and Saffron Walden are excluded.

The Met Office said: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing hazardous conditions.”

Essex Live