Essex: People evacuated from dozens of homes after flooding

POLICE and other emergency services have been called to South Woodham Ferrers after a number of homes were flooded.

Residents in East Bridge Road called police shortly after 6.30am today to report that water was gushing from a drain in the street.

The water has entered properties and people from dozens of homes are being evacuated.

An emergency reception area is being set up for those people evacuated from their homes.

A police spokesman said: “The water company has now stopped the flood of water from a ruptured pipe at East Bridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers and the water in the street is gradually receding.

“At one area in the street the water was about two and a half feet deep. Most of the residents were initially asked to move upstairs where it was safe to do so.

“A total of 13 people were immediately evacuated and were assisted from their homes by members of the Essex Police marine unit and other officers.”