December has been a real wash out.

Parts of the patch have been deluged with floodwater, but not for the first time.

Echo: Flooding in Downham Road, Ramsden Heath, in 1972Flooding in Downham Road, Ramsden Heath, in 1972 (Image: Newsquest)

The great Canvey flood of 1953 is the worst in recent memory, but downpours have caused flooding across south Essex on many occasions.

The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s saw resident push cars, clean out shops and homes, and even kayak their way through rain water.

Echo: Flooding in Station Road, Westcliff, in 1981Flooding in Station Road, Westcliff, in 1981 (Image: Newsquest)

Here are some photo memories of how residents have dealt with flooding in decades past.

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Echo: Waterlogged - the state of the flooding in Kingsman Farm Road, Hullbridge, in December 1982

Echo: Holton Road, Canvey is completely flooded in September 1968

Echo: In Holton Road, Canvey, the flood water was seven inches above the bridge crossing the dyke

Echo: Washout - staff cleaning water out of International Stores in Rayleigh in July 1981

Echo: Doreen Mann in Park Avenue, Eastwood in 1978