Drivers urged to take care after heavy overnight rain

ESSEX Police has urged drivers to take care on the county’s roads following heavy rain.

The force has received reports of more than 30 weather-related incidents across the county since midnight (Tuesday May 1).

Chief inspector 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.

“Drivers should reduce speed in wet conditions and drive with dipped headlights so that they can been seen in surface spray that is being thrown up by other vehicles.

“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.”