Essex Police have issued advice to anybody living in an area affected by this morning’s floods.

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Residents in at-risk areas are advised to:

Work with local officers to ensure they follow advice and direction given about evacuations

Pack a bag of clothes and have any essential medical items ready in case they need to leave home

Ensure any valuables and or expensive electrical items such as televisions are stored in higher areas in your home should there be a flood

Place friends or relatives on standby in case you require a bed for the night

Do not drive unless essential

Do not walk through floodwaters

Do not try and unblock drains yourself

Look out for vulnerable friends and neighbours

Have torches, mobile phones, waterproofs, water, radio with batteries and other essential items at hand