Storm Ciara: Coastguard called to submerged cars as floods hit Essex
PUBLISHED: 14:24 10 February 2020 | UPDATED: 15:36 10 February 2020
Cars are submerged and abandoned on The Strood at Mersea as high tides hit Essex.
Mersea Island, Point Clear and Brightlingsea have all been badly affected by high tides and high winds, with some communities temporarily cut off due to flooding.
The Strood, connecting Mersea Island with Colchester, has been closed while water covers the road.
Essex Police tweeted to say: "Police, fire and the coastguard are currently on scene at The Strood at Mersea Island.
"A number of vehicles have got stuck in flood water.
"The road is closed and will remain so until the flood waters subside.
"Everyone in the vehicles has been accounted for and we don't believe anyone has been hurt."
The coastguard have also warned drivers to stay away from the scene while they work.
Brightlingsea's beach has seen high tides, with beach huts left half-submerged along the coast.
It appears one hut has been washed into a road nearby by the flooding. The area was covered by an amber flood warning until 1.45pm today.
Mill Dam Lake has also flooded Point Clear Road in St. Osyth, making driving to Point Clear difficult or impossible for some vehicles about 1pm today.
The road is the only way in and out of Point Clear and Point Clear Bay.
An amber flood warning was issued for the area up to 1.45pm.
Nearby Lee-over-Sands and the Bel Air chalet estate, close to Jaywick, were issued with a red flood warning, meaning a flood was expected and residents needed to be prepared to take action.
High tide on the island was close to 1pm and the water level is expected to drop in the coming hours, but no time has been given for the road to reopen.
Blustery conditions are expected on Monday and Tuesday, but conditions will be nowhere near as severe as the weekend, according to Adam Dury of Weatherquest.
Wind gusts are expected to remain as high as 40mph until about midday Tuesday.