Essex residents advised to travel with caution due to expected severe weather conditions
Essex County Council is advising residents to travel with caution due to adverse weather conditions expected to arrive later today (Monday, December 23).
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for heavy rain and strong winds for many parts of the UK, including the south-east region, which could cause travel disruption and localised flooding.
Travel disruption is expected on road and rail networks so residents are advised to check for the latest updates before setting out.
The council is preparing for the stormy conditions by placing additional Essex Highways crews on stand-by to help clear debris from the road network and assist partner organisations. Information on highways in Essex is available at essex.gov.uk/highways and on Twitter at @Essex_Travel.
The local authority’s Flood and Water Management team is also providing this advice to residents who may be concerned about flooding in their local area:
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• Check the Environment Agency’s website to see if you are at risk from flooding. Flood maps have recently been updated nationally to show risk from main rivers, the sea and now also rainfall and surface water flooding.
• If there is a watercourse, trash grill or piped channel near you, and it is safe to do so, check that this is clear of debris or obstruction. It is a landowner’s responsibility to keep watercourses free-flowing, unless known otherwise. DO NOT approach unsafe structures or fast flowing water, even to clear blockages.
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• If you have air brick covers, flood boards or sandbags to protect your own property, you should prepare these early.
Prepare to move your possessions and furniture upstairs, or raise it off the ground if you are concerned that water will enter your property.
• There are agencies that provide 24-hour advice and general guidance on flood issues. Contact details and further information can be found at essex.gov.uk/flooding.
Evidence of: The condition of property prior to flooding might assist in any subsequent insurance claim; and the extent of the flood, cause of water direction, depth etc. might assist in flood investigation and subsequent remedial action.
People living in the affected areas should call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for the latest flood warnings in their area.
Cllr Rodney Bass, cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I would urge residents to travel with caution during these expected stormy conditions by leaving sufficient time to travel and by ensuring their vehicles are best prepared to deal with adverse conditions and traffic disruption.
“It is also advisable before setting out to check the latest weather forecasts and travel updates on local radio and online.”
Residents can get the latest information and advice Environment Agency environment-agency.gov.uk.