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Flood warning as rain is expected to hit Essex

Severe weather warnings are in place for rain and wind in Essex over the next three days. Heavy rain is set to fall on already saturated ground and create a risk of flooding across the county.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is warning motorists to make sure they are careful on the roads and do not drive into flood water.

During periods of flooding the Service usually receives dozens of calls to mindless motorists who have got themselves, and their families, into deep water by not exercising proper precautions in their car around flooding. 

These incidents tie up Service resources and can easily be avoided. Drivers just need to exercise a little common sense when they are faced with a flooded road.

Just two feet of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars; this depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake. 

Motorists should never attempt to drive through water deeper than the centre of their wheels. If water gets into the car’s air intake or into the electrics the car will stop leaving driver and passengers trapped. 

The water could also be hiding damaged road or missing manhole covers. Motorists should take particular care when crossing fords, these often become flooded and extremely dangerous with fast flowing water. 

A list of the agencies which will be able to help if your home is affected by flooding can be found on the Essex County Council website here

To check if you are likely to be affected by flooding visit the Environment Agency website and check your address or postcode here

More information about the severe weather warnings can be found here 

The Met Office's predictions for rain and wind can be seen in the pdf file attached to this article

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