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Flood Watch 22-24 June 2016

23 June 2016

Friday 9:30:Update on telephones and road network

After some more significant rainfall yesterday evening there are no existing issues on our road networks.

There is no longer a severe weather warning in place for Essex or the South East of England but the Environment Agency still has a number of flood warnings and alerts in place. Caution is still advised as there are still high water levels and standing water in some areas.

Essex County Council’s telephone lines are back up and running after an issue at the data centre of our telecoms provider, which also impacted a number of other businesses.

For help and to report any flood-related issues, please call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

17:30: Thanks for following our live feed today. Please be advised that further rain is expected overnight across Essex – so travel tomorrow morning will likely again be affected.

We will return tomorrow morning with more updates, but in the meantime please see our Twitter and Facebook pages for the most up-to-date info.

17:10: Our telephone lines are now fully operational again. Thank you for your patience whilst the issue was resolved.
15:35: The A414 Four Wantz Roundabout is now fully re-opened, after flooding had forced it to be closed this morning.
15:09: For more information regarding rail links in Essex visit Facebook or see their Twitter feed at @greateranglia.
14:49: We currently have no reports of flooding having affected polling stations but there are still issues with standing water on our county’s roads and high water levels reported on our rivers.
14:47: We are currently experiencing technical problems and our telephone lines are down.  If you need to speak to your social worker please use their direct line. For non-urgent social care enquiries, you can email us on

Our website has lots of information, advice and guidance and we suggest you look here.

We are working as fast as possible to restore our service and will keep you posted throughout the day.

14:40: Great Baddow Library will also be open tomorrow from 9am until 5pm to support Chelmsford central Library as an additional service.

14:28: The Met Office is predicting further heavy rain later this afternoon and this evening across Essex. Please be prepared for further delays on the roads tomorrow.
13:57: Traffic lights on the A134 Barrack St in Colchester are now back on at the junction of Wimpole Road and Brook Street.

13:55: There continues to be slow moving traffic towards Chelmsford’s Army & Navy roundabout, specifically on the Baddow Bypass, Van Diemans Road and Baddow Road.
13:50: Chelmsford Library is currently open with restricted services available. Customers are being escorted to registration services and the top floor remains open.
The Library will close at 5pm tonight.
13:30: For help and to report any flood-related issues, please call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
12:30: Please be advised that we are experiencing technical difficulties with our phone lines.

We are working to resolve this as soon as possible.

11:52: Chelmsford Central Library is currently closed following overnight flooding. We apologise for the inconvenience and are working to reopen the library as soon as possible.
10:30: 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

    For more information, please click here.
10:00 As advance weather warnings came in on Wednesday, Essex Highways doubled the crews on standby overnight. Essex Civil Protection and Emergency Management began coordinating all public service responses from 2pm.

Overnight calls were relatively low, but as people began journeys to work, emergency reports increased quickly from 5am today. All Highways crews were instructed to prioritise flooding response work.

30 Highways crews have been redeployed to deal with flooding generally throughout the day, supporting the emergency blue light services, closing roads where required and placing flooding warning signs. 

Crews have been sent to known problem locations but are also supporting the emergency services wherever specific incidents are reported. We will also respond where we can to residents reporting local flooding.