Flood warnings are in place for south Essex, with concerns about high river levels caused by high levels of overnight rain.

The Environment Agency has warned of minor flooding affecting land, roads and riverside areas, with a warning put in place a 7.12pm at January 4 and continuing to today.

River levels are currently high due to heavy rainfall, with Eastwood Brook around Rayleigh Road, Eastwoodbury Lane, Laurence industrial estate, Sutton Court Drive, Oak Road, Hall Road and St Andrews Road in Rochford most at risk.

The flood alert area covers The River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook at Southend.

River levels are expected to have fallen overnight but unsettled weather over the next couple of days may prolong high river levels. 

The Environment Agency are monitoring the situation carefully.