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Flooding: Fire service called to 70 incidents near Suffolk/Essex border

PUBLISHED: 10:32 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:39 07 February 2014

Essex fire crews have been out to 70 flood-related incidents

Essex fire crews have been out to 70 flood-related incidents

Crews from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have been busy rescuing people affected by the heavy rain.

Since 4am crews have been called out 70 times to flood-related incidents after a night of wet weather.

Haverhill and Saffron Walden areas have had some of the heaviest rain with schools shutting and dozens of roads difficult to pass.

Firefighters rescued 10 people and two dogs from a block of flats in Saffron Walden.

Crews have also been pumping water from flooded homes and rescuing motorists trapped in flood water.

Essex Police are urging drivers to take care on the roads that may be flooded over the next few days.

A spokesman said: “Drivers are advised to avoid using flooded roads wherever possible but if your journey is essential here are some important points to consider.

“If you come across a flooded road, you should only attempt to drive through if you are certain that it is not too deep.

“Many cars will start to float in as little as 12 inches of water. This can be extremely dangerous; as the wheels lose grip, and you will lose control - with the obvious risks and consequences.”

Drivers are advised not to drive through water that is deeper than the lowest part of the vehicle’s bodywork.

The family of a missing Suffolk woman have “serious concerns” about her safety, police have said.

A formation of Lynx helicopters made a stop at Wattisham Flying Station today to mark the end of the aircraft’s distinguished 40-year career with the British Army.

A former head teacher from Saffron Walden who was found with “horrific” child abuse images has avoided jail.

A man from Bedfordshire has been arrested in connection with a ram-raid in Long Melford.

A man and a teenager from Stowmarket have been charged with robbery along with a series of other offences.

More than four thousand people have signed a petition launched by a concerned Mum, urging the county council to scrap a controversial consultation into cutting free school transport.

Ipswich Town Hall is preparing for its 150th birthday with a major celebration at the end of the month.

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