South Essex recovering after our roads, homes and businesses were hit hard by rain at the weekend (From Echo)
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South Essex recovering after our roads, homes and businesses were hit hard by rain at the weekend
4:51pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
SOUTH Essex is just coming to terms with the torrential downpours over the bank holiday weekend.
Meawhile, the Rayleigh Weir underpass was shut after it became submerged, with drivers diverted via the slip road.
The A129 Southend Road, Wickford, was blocked in both directions between the Bridge Road junction and Vista Road because of surface water.
Eastern and Western Esplanade, the Harp House roundabout and Victoria Avenue were some of the worst-hit areas in Southend, while Chalkwell Esplanade and Thorpe Avenue, Thorpe Bay, were also blocked by the flooding. Canvey was badly hit, with residents reporting extensive flooding in Eastern Esplanade, Western Esplanade and Maurice Road.
Hazardous driving conditions were reported on Billericay High Street due to severe flooding.
Firefighters from Basildon were called to pump water from the High Street between Mill Road and Potash Road after shops became submerged by half a metre of water.
Several stores, including the newly-refurbished Waitrose supermarket and Chimichanga restaurant, were evacuated while the water was drained.
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