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Summary

  1. Fire service handles 264 weather-related calls
  2. 'Do not travel unless necessary', train passengers told
  3. Firefighters in Ongar deal with trapped cars
  4. Man charged with Great Baddow pensioner murder
  5. Join the conversation #essexfloods
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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  1. That's it for our live coverage today

    People holding umbrellas

    That's it from Local Live for now -  on a day when flooding and torrential rain have caused problems across Essex. 

    Further thundery downpours are expected tonight, but they should clear by dawn, so the umbrellas - and canoes - should be able to be put away tomorrow.

    If you have any photos or footage to share of the downpours in your part of Essex, then tweet us, Facebook or email

  2. Video: A day of road and rail problems across Essex

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    Flooding caused major problems on the London to Norwich line - about 1,000 people were believed to have been stranded at Witham for instance.

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    Video caption: Essex flooding, road and rail problems

    We filmed flooding on the A12 at Kelvedon. Essex Fire Service said it had received more than 200 calls by lunchtime.

  3. Look East live from Colchester tonight

    After a day of commuter chaos, flooding and heavy rain - the BBC Look East team is broadcasting live from Colchester tonight to see how the county has been affected.

    Dogs in a puddle

    Watch the programme from 18:30 on BBC One in the East, or catch it shortly after broadcast here on the BBC iPlayer.

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Labrador Lady for this image taken in Leigh-on-Sea earlier. Seems it's been a good day for ducks and dogs.

  4. Rail company apologises for disruption

    Abellio Greater Anglia has apologised for the disruption affecting services between Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex into London today.

    In a statement, a spokesperson says this disruption is due to "extensive flooding, caused by heavy rain, which has necessitated the closure of the lines between Ilford and Stratford."

    Network Rail engineers are working to clear the lines as quickly as possible and passengers are encouraged to use alternative routes or delay their journeys where practical.

    The train company says it's working with Network Rail to restore the normal service as soon as possible and passengers affected by the disruption may be entitled to compensation.  

  5. Your pictures: 50ft of garden under water in Aveley

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    We'd like to thank you all so much for sending in your pictures and videos of flooding from around Essex today. Hopefully it's helped to build up a picture of conditions across the county today, and how we've been affected.

    Rob Knight sent us this picture of his and his neighbour's gardens in Aveley in Thurrock - he says about 50ft of his neighbour's garden is under water.

    Flooded garden
  6. Weather: Further thunderstorms with locally heavy rain

    BBC Weather

    This evening will see further thunderstorms, some heavy rain and lightning. There's also a risk of localised flooding. These will clear out to sea leaving mostly dry conditions by the end of the night and lows of 15C (59F) 

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    Tomorrow will be a dry day with some early sunshine. Turning a little cloudy later  A fresher Atlantic air mass brings a fresher feel to the weather without the humidity of Thursday.    

    BBC Weather has more details.

  7. Watch: The floods that caused chaos on the trains

    Here's a video from Manor Park, in East London, which delayed commuters between Essex and the capital today.

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    Video caption: Severe flooding affects commuters
  8. Flood delays pile on A-Level exam pressure

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    With reports of journeys taking hours longer than usual because of flooding, spare a thought for A-Level student Nicola from Basildon who almost missed one of her exams because of how busy the roads were.

    Her mum, Carol Baker, said they set off at 06:30 for a journey which usually takes an hour. Five hours later (!!), they arrived at her college in East Ham, where Nicola's Biology exam was only 15 minutes away from finishing.

    "She had been crying on the commute as she was worried they wouldn't let her take it," Ms Baker said.

    "The teachers gave her some time to compose herself, and stayed with her and kept her in isolation so that she could sit the exam." Phew!

  9. Security guard robbed of cash while making bank delivery

    Tom Croasdell

    BBC Essex

    News away from flooding for a moment....

    A security guard has been robbed of a cash box while making a delivery to HSBC in Great Dunmow.

    Essex Police said officers were at the scene following the robbery, which happened just before 11:00.

    HSBC
    Police car

    One suspect was responsible, the force said. He had his face covered and was dressed in dark clothes.

    No one was injured and there have been no arrests so far, police said.

  10. Rail engineers trying to fix problems caused by storms

    Passengers travelling with operators such as Abellio Greater Anglia, Gatwick Express, Southern, South West Trains and Thameslink face delays and cancellations. 

    Network Rail says it has 1,200 engineers working on weather-related issues across the network. 

  11. A Facebook thumbs up

    Flooding has posed problems for many parts of Essex, but there's been a flip side for some for whom it has meant a day away from the office.  

    Man gives the thumbs up

    Hannah Powell posted this thumbs up for the weather on BBC Essex's Facebook page.

    She commented that not everyone was "too miserable" about the flooding.

  12. Passengers warned to check trains before travelling

    A rail spokesman has advised passengers travelling through areas affected by torrential rain and thunderstorms to check the trains before they set off.

    The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operating companies and Network Rail, warned that "services will be severely disrupted this evening". 

    The spokesman said: "Passengers should check before they travel and consider travelling earlier if they can in order to get home." 

  13. Water levels looking high in Maldon

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Water levels are still looking pretty high in various spots around the county.

    Ian Dobson used the hashtag #essexfloods to tweet us this picture of what's happening in Maldon.

    "Almost up to the fence!" he wrote.

    Flooding in Maldon
  14. Your pictures: 'My 35-minute commute took 2.5 hours'

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Yvette Conner has emailed us some photos she took on her way from Chelmsford to Bishop's Stortford earlier.

    "My 35-minute commute from Chelmsford to Bishops Stortford ended up being a two hour and 30 minutes journey around the whole of Essex!" she said.

    "This picture was taken outside Writtle College where the river had burst its banks."

    Writtle
    Writtle

    You can email us your photos here.

  15. Birthday celebrations 'a wash out'

    Earlier we mentioned that Jake Buckley's birthday celebrations in Brentwood had been something of a damp squib after the family house became flooded in the early hours of this morning.

    Jake, who is 17 today, says he hasn't yet opened his birthday cards and has instead been helping his dad Kirk with the clean-up operation.

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    Video caption: Clear-up under way after Brentwood house hit by flooding across Essex
  16. 'People trapped by #essexfloods since 08:00'

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    On Twitter, user @DJPaparazzi says some people have been trapped in Goldhanger since 08:00.

    He says the water is "up to 4/5ft in places".

    Flooding in Goldhanger
  17. Weather update: More 'torrential' rain on the way

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Sorry to bring you some bad news on the weather front... but we've more, a lot more, of the wet stuff on the way before the end of the afternoon.

    The Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain for the East of England until 23:00.

  18. Fire service called out to 264 flood incidents

    Essex Fire and Rescue Service said the main trouble spots had been in Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Ongar, Roxwell and South Woodham Ferrers.

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