In pictures: Saffron Walden's weekend of flooding
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July's heatwave ended with flooding in parts of north-west Essex over the weekend.
The flash floods left debris on roads in Saffron Walden on Sunday, July 25, while pictures from Helions Bumpstead show roads completely submerged.
An Environment Agency weather station in Ashdon, four miles from Saffron Walden, recorded a total 36.2mm (1.43 inches) of rain in five hours between 3.30pm and 8.30pm.
The average rainfall for Saffron Walden in July is between 45mm and 50mm.
Jonathan, who lives near Debden Road, Saffron Walden, said the floods were unprecedented.
He said: "We have lived in Saffron Walden for over 15 years and our garden has never flooded like it did this weekend."
Flooding was reported in homes on Beeches Close in the town.
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Thaxted Road was also flooded, leaving stones and debris over the road.
Rail passengers faced Sunday evening and Monday morning disruption at Audley End station.
A tree came into contact with overhead electrical wires blocking the railway between Harlow Town and Tottenham Hale, disrupting Greater Anglia trains between London and Cambridge.
Near Helions Bumpstead, there was widespread flooding reported in Haverhill, Suffolk.
Burton End between the A1017 bypass and Haverhill town centre was blocked for much of the afternoon yesterday.
Electrical store Hughes opened late on Monday morning due to flooding concerns.
A Hughes Facebook post read: "We have a huge task of removing water from the store and ensuring that it's safe for customers to enter."
In Hertfordshire, the organisers of Standon Calling abandoned their festival.
The organisers said: "Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the festival."
Festival-goers trudged home on Sunday night with many returning in the morning to collect muddy tents and belongings.
The flooding is the latest in a series of severe weather events in Essex.
Heavy rain in Thaxted two weeks ago prompted county councillor Martin Foley to warn that more new builds could worsen flooding in the future.
The Met Office forecasts a mix of sunshine and clouds with light showers in Saffron Walden this weekend, with highs of 20C.