Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has announced that he will not be seeking re-election on June 8 but will be backing the Conservative candidate.
Essex: Roads Hit By Flooding
Drivers urged to take care on roads across Essex as police say they dealt with more than 30 weather-related incidents since midnight.
Heavy outbreaks of rain hit the county overnight and this morning (Tuesday May 1st).
Some of the roads affected include:
- Colchester Road, Tiptree
- Holland Road, Kirby Cross
- Heath Road, Manningtree
- Station Road, Manningtree
- Tann Lane, Little Clacton
- Springfield Road at Boreham Interchange
- Riffhams Chase, Great Baddow
- Church Road, Boreham
- Buttesbury Wash, Ingatestone
- Hammonds Road, Little Baddow
- Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers
- Mount Road, Theydon Garnon
Chief Inspector Graham Stubbs said: " A large number of roads have been affected by flooding and in some places the water is deep.
"I would urge all drivers to take care and drive within the conditions. The rain was heavy overnight and early this morning but it is now easing. However, there is still a lot of surface water on the roads.
"Drivers should reduce speed in wet conditions and drive with dipped headlights so that they can been seen in surface spray that is being thrown up by other vehicles.
"Some vehicles have been marooned in deep water in country lanes and on some minor roads. If drivers are confronted by a large pool of water on the roads they should avoid trying to drive through it and seek an alternative route."
Meanwhile Essex firefighters were called to flooding at an industrial unit in Southend Road in Rettendon Common this morning.
The Environment Agency has also issued a flood alert for the River Colne Valley between Great Yeldham and Colchester.
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