Floods: Trains delayed and road conditions difficult

Happy Valley Bowling Club at Sladbury's Lane in Clacton after heavy overnight rain
Image caption Heavy overnight rain flooded a field near Happy Valley Bowling Club in Clacton

Rail services across Essex have been hit by floods and police are warning drivers of difficult road conditions.

Train services are delayed on Greater Anglia routes between Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea, and Walton-on-the-Naze due to flooding.

A flood alert has been issued for the River Colne valley and Colchester.

Surface water is affecting driving conditions on the A130 in the Sadlers Farm area, Holland Road in Kirby Cross and Colchester Road in Peldon.

Vehicles 'marooned'

Melbourne Park primary school and nursery in Chelmsford has been closed for the day because of flooding.

No warnings of imminent flooding have been issued for the county by the Environment Agency but heavy rain is forecast.

Chief Insp 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.

"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."

Flood alerts for Norwich and Suffolk have been withdrawn but heavy rain is falling across the two counties causing difficulties for drivers.

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