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Summary

  1. Clean-up under way after torrential rain brings flash flooding to parts of the county
  2. Essex Fire and Rescue called to 13 flood incidents in the county
  3. Further outbreaks of drizzle are expected overnight
  4. Updates on Tuesday, 31 May 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it from our live coverage of flash flooding in Essex - thanks for stopping by. 

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with updates for the county.

Have a great evening and hope you can stay dry. 

The day flash flooding hit Essex

Thanks for joining our live coverage of flash flooding across parts of Essex. Let's recap on events that took place today:

Flash flooding in Essex
BBC
  • A yellow weather warning was issued for Essex between midnight and midday as persistent heavy rain hit the county overnight and into this morning
  • Essex Fire and Rescue says it was called to 13 different flood incidents around the county
  • In Southend, staff at the Tesco Extra had to clean up flood water that entered the store, and in Canvey surface water dampened what was meant to be a busy start to half-term 
  • There are currently no more flood warnings for Essex, according to the Environment Agency's website

Weather: Remaining cloudy overnight - with outbreaks of light rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle are expected overnight. It will also remain rather cloudy and murky with fog or mist patches possible in places. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather for the East
Alex Dolan

Wednesday will be a dull and damp day, with cloudy skies and further isolated outbreaks of rain or drizzle throughout. It will also remain rather breezy, leading to a cool feel. Highs of 17C (63F).

You can stay up-to-date for the forecast in your area via BBC Weather.

Rain forces Essex to settle for a draw against Northants

BBC Sport

It wasn't to be for Essex after they were forced to settle for a draw against Northamptonshire due to the inclement weather.

The visitors required six wickets at the County Ground to clinch the win but rain closed in and halted play from 11:25. It was abandoned just after 16:50.

It's not all bad news though, as Essex remain top of Division Two.

'Thoughtless' drivers splashing Canvey kiosk

Time to hear from some more business owners on Canvey affected by flooding today. This is Lea Swann, who runs the Fantasy Island Kiosk on Eastern Esplanade.

Lea Swann, runs the Fantasy Island Kiosk on Eastern Esplanade
BBC

Thoughtless drivers have been driving too fast and splashing my kiosk... All the way along the seafront there's a massive amount of water, but here it seems to be worse."

Lea SwannTrader

Canvey flooding: MP calls for action

The Conservative MP for Castle Point posted this message on her Facebook page following today's flash floods on Canvey Island. 

Rebecca Harris
Facebook

That's one way to water the lawn...

Nigel's got some clearing up to do in his garden. He tweeted us these photos from Jarvis Road on Canvey.

Flooding in Castle View
Twitter/@NigelDilley1
Flooding in Castle View
Twitter/@NigelDilley1

Luckily the fire service was able to offer a hand...

Fire fighters are the scene
Twitter/@NigelDilley1
Pumping in action
Twitter/@NigelDilley1

"Fortunately it didn't get into the house," he said.

CCTV from outside flooded Southend arcade

BBC Look East

BBC Look East reporter Mike Liggins has been down to Southend to look at today's flood damage. 

View more on twitter

See his full report on BBC One in the East of England this evening from 18:30.

Wet weather keeps Essex cricketers indoors as well

It's not just here that rain is disrupting matters. Essex cricketers are stuck indoors as the wet weather hits Northamptonshire. 

Northamptonshire
BBC

Essex could do with some sunshine, otherwise the match is likely to end in a draw. Follow play (if there is any) here.

Picture: Flooding at The Hythe in Colchester

More of your flooding pictures from around Essex. This was taken at The Hythe in Colchester.

Flooding in Colchester
Twitter/@ChisnallJoJo

Thanks to Jo Jo for sending us this one. 

Canvey is 'sick of promises' over flood elevation

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

The people of Canvey are "sick of promises" when it comes to solutions to fixing their flood problems, according to one local councillor. 

Castle Point district councillor Barry Campagna, of the Canvey Island Independent Party, was speaking to me from a flood-plagued Furtherwick Road earlier this morning. 

Cllr Barry Campagna
BBC

There's nobody here, the whole of the seafront is empty, the kids are off school and it should be buzzing... The drains can't take the amount of surface water on Canvey, they're so old that they don't know where some of them even go, and there's no extra money."

Barry CampagnaCouncillor

A wet Essex or a hot Alicante?

Vikki also feels very sorry for us in damp Essex today... 

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All lanes reopen after earlier flooding on London-bound A12

All lanes have reopened on the A12 London-bound at J14 due to flooding earlier today. 

A12
Essex Police

However, in the same direction, one lane is closed between J19 for the Boreham interchange and J18 for Danbury due to an accident. Travel updates can be found here.

BBC Essex's Tony Fisher makes it into work in time for his show

Earlier we told you BBC Essex presenter Tony Fisher was stuck at Kelvedon railway station, and was worried he wouldn't make it to Chelmsford in time for his show.

Well, good news: Tony arrived at the studio with enough time to spare to make a cuppa. You can listen to him live here.

Tony Fisher
BBC

Essex flooding makes national headlines

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

We really are the county that everybody is talking about today:

  • The Mail Online reports that parts of Essex have suffered flooding and forecasters expect up to 2.4in (6cm) of rain to fall within a few hours today
  • ITV says intense thunderstorms bring nearly a month's worth of rain in six hours
Flooding
BBC

Meanwhile, the Echo has uploaded a video of the clean-up at an arcade along Southend seafront that was flooded earlier this morning.   

Weather: The worst has passed - but keep the brolly close

BBC Weather

It looks as if the worst of the weather has passed. It'll remain rather cloudy this afternoon with outbreaks of drizzle. 

Feeling cool, highs of 15C (59F).

Weather for Essex
BBC

You'll probably want to keep the brolly close. Latest weather updates can be found here

Watch: Cars pass through flood water on Canvey

Earlier we told you about flooding on Furtherwick Road on Canvey.

Here's some footage from the scene.

Driving lessons - or diving lessons?

Oh no... this driving school car got in a bit of trouble in Buttsbury Wash, Mountnessing Road, Ingatestone, earlier. 

Learner
John Nicholls

We called the driving school but it didn't want to comment. 

With love from Gran Canaria... wish you were there?

Dean is feeling very sympathetic towards us all.

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Firefighters respond to 13 separate flood calls

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

It's been a busy morning for Essex Fire and Rescue which says it has been called to 13 different flood incidents around the county. 

Areas affected include Canvey, Colchester, Rochford, Southend and Westcliff.

Fire hose
BBC

Larger incidents dealt with by the service this morning include: 

  • A nursery in Old Heath Lane in Colchester had to be pumped after taking on water just before 09:00 
  • Three pumps had to be used to clear a house that became flooded in Waterside Lane, Colchester at about 08:05

More flood pictures from Canvey

Is that a wave?

Wave
BBC
Cars
BBC

How not to start half-term on Canvey Island...

This isn't the start to half-term Canvey business owner Suzanne Gray was hoping for. 

Suzanne Gray
BBC

Instead of floods of families entering her arcade on Furtherwick Road, she's having to deal with actual flooding, and it's happened several times recently. 

"I've been here 20 years. The last three years it seems to be getting worse and worse," she said. 

Essex flash floods: What we know

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

It's pretty miserable outside so you're best off staying put. Here's a round-up of problems in the county due to flash flooding

  • A yellow weather warning remains in place across Essex as flash floods hit parts of the county
  • Southend and Canvey Island seem to have suffered worst, with flooding issues at Southend's Tesco Extra store, which has remained open
  • Train services were affected for a time after an electrical fault at Stratford

If you have taken any pictures we'd love to share them. You can get in touch using #esxlive or send us an email.

Planning on taking the Tilbury to Gravesend ferry? Think again...

Furtherwick Road on Canvey Island is becoming almost impassable

The floodwater is getting pretty deep at Furtherwick Road on Canvey Island.

Canvey
BBC

BBC Essex man stranded as train delays continue

You might hear a familiar voice if you're stuck at Kelvedon station this morning. BBC Essex presenter Tony Fisher is stranded there trying to get to our studios in Chelmsford. 

Kelevdon
Tony Fisher

There are problems on the Greater Anglia line due to an electrical fault at Stratford. 

He said: "At the moment I could be doing my show live from Kelvedon station." Fingers crossed Tony can make it here by 12:00.

BBC Essex caller on Canvey flooding

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

BBC Essex has been hearing from callers reporting localised flooding in some areas. 

John on Canvey Island is one of those. He told Sadie Nine that his street, Hellendoorn Road, was under about 1ft (0.3m) of water. 

"It's coming up to the edge of the pavement; some properties it's overlapped into their front gardens. The rain is easing, but any more and we could see problems," he said.

Flooding close to Southend seafront

Tom has tweeted us these photos taken close to Southend seafront this morning... 

Southend
Twitter/@2Getconnect
Flooding
Twitter/@2Getconnect

Tesco Southend 'open as normal' despite flooding

Earlier we brought you a picture showing standing water outside a Tesco store in Southend. We've just had this response from the company:

There has been flooding in the local area due to torrential rain. We are dealing with the water near the Southend Extra store as quickly and as effectively as possible. The store remains open as normal for customers.”

Tesco spokesman

Police attend flooding on A12

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You'll find the latest travel updates for Essex here.

Flooding at Tesco in Southend

We've had this picture sent to us from Tesco in Southend, just off the A127, earlier this morning. 

Flooding at Tesco
Twitter/@2Getconnect

We've contacted the store to find out more and are currently waiting a response. 

How much rainfall have you had since midnight?

Wondering how much rainfall your area has had since midnight? BBC forecaster Chris Bell tweeted this map. 

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Weather: Very wet and windy

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's a very wet and windy start to the day in Essex, with thundery showers possible. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Heading out? Stay up-to-date with the forecast for your area via BBC Weather

Electrical fault causes disruption on trains travelling through Stratford

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on trains travelling through Stratford due to an electrical fault.

Greater Anglia says tickets will be accepted on c2c services.

View more on twitter

A look around a very wet Essex

My sympathy goes out to the commuters travelling to London this morning in the grim weather...

Colchester
BBC

And not forgetting the dog walkers...

Dog walk
BBC

Share your photos with us using #esxlive or send us an email.

Yellow weather warning in place for Essex

There's a yellow weather warning in place across Essex this morning from the Met Office

It warns of torrential rain, frequent lightning and the risk of flash flooding up until 12:00.

Weather warning
Met Office

Good morning and welcome to Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Morning, horrible out there isn't it? 

We'll start by taking a look at what problems the wind and torrential rain has been causing around Essex. 

If you'd like to get in touch at any time feel free to do so by using #esxlive.