Flood warning issued for houses in Chelmsford

A flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for riverside properties in an Essex town after heavy overnight rain.

Flooding is expected in the riverside areas of Chelmsford town centre, including the cricket ground and Court Industrial Estate.

Residents are advised to act immediately to protect property.

Some motorists had to be rescued from their cars after roads flooded following the heavy overnight rain.

One man had to be rescued from his van by fire crews in an inflatable boat after he drove into 5ft (1.5m) of flood water on the A130 Rayleigh Spur.

Other motorists were rescued from flood water in Latchingdon, Blackmore and Ingatestone.

Assistant chief fire officer for Essex Fire and Rescue, Gary Flemming, said: "We urge drivers to take caution when driving into flooded areas of road, the water can be deceptively deep and cars quickly become trapped.

"This puts the occupants of cars at great risk and can tie up fire crews for a long time carrying out risky and complicated rescues.

"It is better to add a few minutes on to your journey time by finding routes which avoid flood water than risk damaging your car and endangering your life by driving into deep water on the road."

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