VIDEO: Flood water causes chaos for motorists on A130

Echo: Flooding in Stock Road, Billericay Flooding in Stock Road, Billericay

MOTORISTS are being urged to drive with care as heavy rain is causing flooding across south Essex.

Drivers are facing heavy delays along the A127 due to flooding at the Fairglen Interchange where it meets the A130.

 

The roundabout beneath the A127 was totally blocked at one point and a woman had to be rescued from a car stuck in the deep water.

A spokesman for Essex HIghways said: "Due to the high level of rainfall the drainage pumps were prevented from working effectively.

" These pumps should now be operating again to clear the flooding at this location.

"Essex Highways operatives are currently undertaking works at this location which involve the upgrading of water drainage pumps and other associated drainage improvements.

“Works have already been undertaken to improve the gully system on the A127. This area will continue to be looked at on an ongoing basis regarding future improvements to the gully system to help reduce the amount of surface water caused by high levels of rainfall.”

There is also congestion on the Southend-bound carriageway at Halfway House and the Rayleigh Weir.

One motorist said: "I've been trying to get off the A130 for twenty minutes, but it's at a standstill."

Watery Lane in Hullbridge was closed just before 8am in both directions between Beeches Road and Hullbridge Road due to flooding while several other routes around Hockley and Hullbridge are struggling to cope with the rainfall.

The A129 between Billericay and Brentwood is also flooded. Traffic is starting to ease but there is still standing water.

There are also long delays on the A129 through Rayleigh and the A132 through Wickford.

The River Crouch from Noak Bridge to Runwell, including Wickford, is at risk of flooding. The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning.

A statement on its website reads: "River levels have risen rapidly this morning in response to the overnight rain. The forecast if for continued showers during Friday, and into Saturday morning which may be heavy at times. We are continuing to monitor the situation."

Bus users are suffering some delays to services. Service 15a is delayed due to congestion along route.

Service 5 and 25 are subject to some disruption due to vehicle issues. 

Police are reminding motorists to take extra care this morning with the heavy rain.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Drivers should slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. When driving through flood water choose a low gear and do not attempt it if the water is fast flowing or too deep. Driving too fast, even in relatively shallow water can cause water to be ingested into the engine.

"Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave.Test your brakes as soon as you leave the water."

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2:32pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water,

The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads.

I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors.

High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master.
Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water, The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads. I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors. High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 41

3:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water,

The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads.

I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors.

High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master.
Write him a letter. They can't ignore that.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water, The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads. I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors. High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master.[/p][/quote]Write him a letter. They can't ignore that. Nebs
  • Score: 12

3:41pm Fri 17 Jan 14

A Pedant says...

Watery Lane flooded;, roads off Rawreth Lane flooded; Carpenters Arms roundabout flooded; Glebe School area follded and they still want to build several hundered houses between London Road and Rawreth Lane and in Hullbridge. Councillors Hudson and Scrutton - are you reading this???
Watery Lane flooded;, roads off Rawreth Lane flooded; Carpenters Arms roundabout flooded; Glebe School area follded and they still want to build several hundered houses between London Road and Rawreth Lane and in Hullbridge. Councillors Hudson and Scrutton - are you reading this??? A Pedant
  • Score: 41

3:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

Water in the Car Park at the Horse & Groom. The half dozen bags of sand dumped by the front door won't stop a flood if the river bursts its banks again.

Water was about a foot from the top of the bank earlier today.

I blame all this global warming I'm being taxed for.
Water in the Car Park at the Horse & Groom. The half dozen bags of sand dumped by the front door won't stop a flood if the river bursts its banks again. Water was about a foot from the top of the bank earlier today. I blame all this global warming I'm being taxed for. RochfordRob
  • Score: -9

3:52pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Quick. Find a scapegoat to blame..
Quick. Find a scapegoat to blame.. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

4:47pm Fri 17 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Quick. Find a scapegoat to blame..
The "lefti's" ?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Quick. Find a scapegoat to blame..[/p][/quote]The "lefti's" ? LauqhLast..
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Lets get it right, the trouble isn't the rain water, the trouble are the idiots in vehicles, thinking and driving, as if they were in military amphibious assault
vehicles, fact is cars start to float in 12 inches, losing grip and stalling, it takes less than an egg cup of water, in the combustion chamber, to ruin an engine.
Lets get it right, the trouble isn't the rain water, the trouble are the idiots in vehicles, thinking and driving, as if they were in military amphibious assault vehicles, fact is cars start to float in 12 inches, losing grip and stalling, it takes less than an egg cup of water, in the combustion chamber, to ruin an engine. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 5

5:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

A Pedant wrote:
Watery Lane flooded;, roads off Rawreth Lane flooded; Carpenters Arms roundabout flooded; Glebe School area follded and they still want to build several hundered houses between London Road and Rawreth Lane and in Hullbridge. Councillors Hudson and Scrutton - are you reading this???
Thats what is is there for..........Doh
[quote][p][bold]A Pedant[/bold] wrote: Watery Lane flooded;, roads off Rawreth Lane flooded; Carpenters Arms roundabout flooded; Glebe School area follded and they still want to build several hundered houses between London Road and Rawreth Lane and in Hullbridge. Councillors Hudson and Scrutton - are you reading this???[/p][/quote]Thats what is is there for..........Doh Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Mattster says...

Rodney Bass, you are such an arrogant, incompetent fool ruling over a department of abject failure, please vote this moron out next time!
Rodney Bass, you are such an arrogant, incompetent fool ruling over a department of abject failure, please vote this moron out next time! Mattster
  • Score: 12

7:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Ake30li says...

"Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave."?
I was taught that you should always drive fast enough for the car to make a bow wave to keep the water away from the engine! When did this strategy change?
"Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave."? I was taught that you should always drive fast enough for the car to make a bow wave to keep the water away from the engine! When did this strategy change? Ake30li
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Fri 17 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

Ake30li wrote:
"Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave."?
I was taught that you should always drive fast enough for the car to make a bow wave to keep the water away from the engine! When did this strategy change?
Since dry-cleaning prices went up?
[quote][p][bold]Ake30li[/bold] wrote: "Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave."? I was taught that you should always drive fast enough for the car to make a bow wave to keep the water away from the engine! When did this strategy change?[/p][/quote]Since dry-cleaning prices went up? LauqhLast..
  • Score: 6

10:39pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Stamper2 says...

Time to build a few more houses on flood plains. I am sure those idiots on Basildon Council will agree.
Time to build a few more houses on flood plains. I am sure those idiots on Basildon Council will agree. Stamper2
  • Score: 10

11:30pm Fri 17 Jan 14

woolstone says...

Noticed that the drainage around the Traffic lights at the Rayleigh Weir was having trouble there was water bubbling out of the drains over the last further days, before last nights heavy rain, big problems there that need to be addressed asap.
Noticed that the drainage around the Traffic lights at the Rayleigh Weir was having trouble there was water bubbling out of the drains over the last further days, before last nights heavy rain, big problems there that need to be addressed asap. woolstone
  • Score: 7

11:58pm Fri 17 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

Fantastic nature has caught up with the human race, pay back
Fantastic nature has caught up with the human race, pay back gary 51
  • Score: 10

12:44pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Funny how its always a woman, who gets stuck, driving into deep water, out of their depth, should be at home minding the kitchen, men folk do the driving.
Funny how its always a woman, who gets stuck, driving into deep water, out of their depth, should be at home minding the kitchen, men folk do the driving. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -3

12:55pm Sat 18 Jan 14

LauqhIast. says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water,

The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads.

I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors.

High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master.
Should have taken the train. Only one stop.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water, The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads. I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors. High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master.[/p][/quote]Should have taken the train. Only one stop. LauqhIast.
  • Score: 1

2:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Spledoink says...

Doesn't anybody, or the local newspapers remember when people were sailing their yachts on this bit of road many years ago not long after the underpass was first built ? There were photos in the papers.
The point is that when that happened, the ECC authorities or whoever would be responsible for making sure that didn't happen again, obviously didn't do their job properly.
Doesn't anybody, or the local newspapers remember when people were sailing their yachts on this bit of road many years ago not long after the underpass was first built ? There were photos in the papers. The point is that when that happened, the ECC authorities or whoever would be responsible for making sure that didn't happen again, obviously didn't do their job properly. Spledoink
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

LauqhIast. wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water,

The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads.

I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors.

High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master.
Should have taken the train. Only one stop.
Gandy doesn't drive anymore, having been banned, for her time drunk at the wheel, which evidently allows her the sort of vile vocabulary on this site, as she is well known in Rayleigh, going from pub to pub, getting braver as progresses along the High St.
[quote][p][bold]LauqhIast.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Got caught up in that lot this morning. An hour and a half round trip to Wickford from Rayleigh. Flooding on the A129 in several places and returned via A127 from link road to A130 BIG MISTAKE.. however either way was awash with water, The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are a disgrace. Obviously there is inadequate drainage. Instead of spending our taxes on unnecessary daft schemes to support illegal minorities I want the money diverted into sorting out the drainage on local roads. I passed at least one accident. Time for Essex County Council to sort it once and for all and yes I have contacted my local county councillor with a copy to Rodney Bass, who doesn't answer emails to the peasants these days. According to his automated mail, he only accepts emails from other councillors. High handed attitude for somebody who is supposed to be a public servant. Not some sort of lofty master.[/p][/quote]Should have taken the train. Only one stop.[/p][/quote]Gandy doesn't drive anymore, having been banned, for her time drunk at the wheel, which evidently allows her the sort of vile vocabulary on this site, as she is well known in Rayleigh, going from pub to pub, getting braver as progresses along the High St. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -1

4:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

runwellian says...

The A130 joining the A127 has flooded since the day it was built, nothing new about that.
It is built in a huge dip so what do they expect?
The A130 joining the A127 has flooded since the day it was built, nothing new about that. It is built in a huge dip so what do they expect? runwellian
  • Score: 1

9:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

fredfoot says...

I went down Pound Lane from the A127 this morning which had about six inches of water in the road, I slowed down to go through it and some idiot in a van shot through about 30 mles an hour spraying me and others cars with water thanks very much who ever you were.
I went down Pound Lane from the A127 this morning which had about six inches of water in the road, I slowed down to go through it and some idiot in a van shot through about 30 mles an hour spraying me and others cars with water thanks very much who ever you were. fredfoot
  • Score: 0

9:54pm Sat 18 Jan 14

SARFENDMAN says...

When is someone going to get round to unblocking that gulley on the Weir Roundabout? Been like it for months.
When is someone going to get round to unblocking that gulley on the Weir Roundabout? Been like it for months. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 1

11:08pm Sun 19 Jan 14

_Lotus_ says...

Ake30li wrote:
"Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave."?
I was taught that you should always drive fast enough for the car to make a bow wave to keep the water away from the engine! When did this strategy change?
How fast you talking about here?

If water gets sucked into the engine it WILL stall it and render it useless.

Believe it or not 3-4mph is the recommended speed to travel through and many times it is the idiots passing you on the other side of the road that go too fast and drown your vehicle.
[quote][p][bold]Ake30li[/bold] wrote: "Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a large bow wave."? I was taught that you should always drive fast enough for the car to make a bow wave to keep the water away from the engine! When did this strategy change?[/p][/quote]How fast you talking about here? If water gets sucked into the engine it WILL stall it and render it useless. Believe it or not 3-4mph is the recommended speed to travel through and many times it is the idiots passing you on the other side of the road that go too fast and drown your vehicle. _Lotus_
  • Score: 0

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