Firefighters were called to Ongar this afternoon to help a woman and baby trapped in a vehicle

Cars drive through flooding on the B184 in Fyfield.

Cars drive through flooding on the B184 in Fyfield.

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Many vehicles have become trapped in water across the Epping Forest district as a result of flooding.

Stondon Road in Ongar is closed in both directions and bollards have been placed at the entrance of the road to warn motorists to avoid driving through the flooded section.

Essex firefighters were called to Millers Green Road, in Willingale, Ongar at 1.20pm this afternoon after a vehicle containing a mother and child got stuck in flood water.

The woman and child managed to get out of the car before firefighters arrived at the scene and are both safe.  

Since Wednesday, the Environment Agency has had a flood alert in place for the upper River Roding in the Ongar, Stapleford and Great Dunmow area.  

The latest update on the alert issued this morning states water levels on the upper River Roding are rising as a result of the continual rainfall last night.

This is likely to result in flooding to lower lying land, roads and gardens next to the river and surface water flooding can also be expected in some locations.

A flood warning is in place for the River Roding in Abridge with flooding expected across the surrounding area. Residents are being advised to take action, particularly properties at Hillmans Cottages in Ongar Road,

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The middle River Roding and lower River Roding also have flood alerts in place.

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10:14am Sun 2 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Despite advice to to drive through the water, motorists continue to do so, even cyclists as well, you always get one out in an old canoe they have had in their shed for years or even water skiing.
Despite advice to to drive through the water, motorists continue to do so, even cyclists as well, you always get one out in an old canoe they have had in their shed for years or even water skiing. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

11:42am Sun 2 Feb 14

UKIP-local says...

In the face of heavy and persistent rain there is a limit to what the river and council authorities can do.

However, thee weather is exposing the negligence of the past: ditches not cleaned, culverts blocked and river flood plains occupied by recent development.

In built up areas too many gutters appear to have been constructed on the theory that water runs uphill! Drains are full of silt and large puddles accumulate in no time.

Outside my neighbours house is a puddle which occupies most of the pavement and has been there (other than in completely dry weather) for years. Water does not flow uphill and the poor quality of pavement surfacing years ago remains unattended.
In the face of heavy and persistent rain there is a limit to what the river and council authorities can do. However, thee weather is exposing the negligence of the past: ditches not cleaned, culverts blocked and river flood plains occupied by recent development. In built up areas too many gutters appear to have been constructed on the theory that water runs uphill! Drains are full of silt and large puddles accumulate in no time. Outside my neighbours house is a puddle which occupies most of the pavement and has been there (other than in completely dry weather) for years. Water does not flow uphill and the poor quality of pavement surfacing years ago remains unattended. UKIP-local
  • Score: -3

4:49pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Thunderbird4 says...

That picture depicts a puddle, not a flood.
That picture depicts a puddle, not a flood. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 2

7:40am Mon 3 Feb 14

Alan_1976 says...

UKIP-local wrote:
In the face of heavy and persistent rain there is a limit to what the river and council authorities can do.

However, thee weather is exposing the negligence of the past: ditches not cleaned, culverts blocked and river flood plains occupied by recent development.

In built up areas too many gutters appear to have been constructed on the theory that water runs uphill! Drains are full of silt and large puddles accumulate in no time.

Outside my neighbours house is a puddle which occupies most of the pavement and has been there (other than in completely dry weather) for years. Water does not flow uphill and the poor quality of pavement surfacing years ago remains unattended.
Must be all the gay weddings causing the rain. At least that's what UKIP tells us.....
[quote][p][bold]UKIP-local[/bold] wrote: In the face of heavy and persistent rain there is a limit to what the river and council authorities can do. However, thee weather is exposing the negligence of the past: ditches not cleaned, culverts blocked and river flood plains occupied by recent development. In built up areas too many gutters appear to have been constructed on the theory that water runs uphill! Drains are full of silt and large puddles accumulate in no time. Outside my neighbours house is a puddle which occupies most of the pavement and has been there (other than in completely dry weather) for years. Water does not flow uphill and the poor quality of pavement surfacing years ago remains unattended.[/p][/quote]Must be all the gay weddings causing the rain. At least that's what UKIP tells us..... Alan_1976
  • Score: 5

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