A flood alert has been issued for the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook in Southend.

It comes after a warning has been issued due to flood waters causing problems on the county's roads this morning (January 14).

Flooding has also affected Labworth corner in Canvey, Southend Road near Fobbing, as well as Runwell Road and Riverside Walk in Wickford.

And the latest alert has been issued due to the risk that minor flooding is likely over the next few hours to low-lying land, roads and riverside areas around the Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook.

A storm drain is also overflowing in Thorpe Hall Avenue in Southend, causing Arriva bus services to be diverted.

And due to heavy rain within the Ashingdon Hill area Arriva service 7 has been slightly delayed but is running.

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Warning issued as number of roads across Essex affected by flooding

There are surface water issues on multiple roads around south Essex, including at the A127 Fairglen Interchange.

Watery Lane in Hullbridge is flooded with deep water and has been closed at both ends, with a number of vehicles reported to be stuck in the flood water.

And Rectory Road in Rochford is also flooded under the railway bridge. 

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “River levels are high and are expected to continue to rise in response to the rainfall. It is likely that we may need to issue more warning messages for a wider area, over the next few hours.

“The forecast is for persistent rain this morning and showers into the afternoon, more settled on Friday but with further rainfall on Saturday. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are closely monitoring the situation.”

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