Brentwood: Essex Police urge drivers to take care after heavy rain

Essex Police are urging drivers to take care after dealing with more than 30 weather-related incidents – two in Ingatestone.

The warning comes after heavy rain overnight and this morning and reports of people affected by the flooding.

Yesterday (Monday) a man was rescued from his car after he became trapped in three-and-a-half feet of flood water in Buttsbury Wash, Ingatestone. On Sunday firefighters were called to Padhams Green, in Mountnessing Road, in Ingatestone, after six people were trapped in a car.

Chief Inspector Graham Stubbs said: “A large number of roads have been affected by flooding and in some places the water is deep.

“I would urge all drivers to take care and drive within the conditions. The rain was heavy overnight and early this morning but it is now easing. However, there is still a lot of surface water on the roads.


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“Drivers should reduce speed in wet conditions and drive with dipped headlights so that they can been seen in surface spray that is being thrown up by other vehicles.

“Some vehicles have been marooned in deep water in country lanes and on some minor roads. If drivers are confronted by a large pool of water on the roads they should avoid trying to drive through it and seek an alternative route.”

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