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Live updates: Severe weather continues to cause disruption
Updated 9:21am Wednesday 25th December 2013 in News
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- More than 2,000 homes in Essex without power
- Delays and cancellations on Greater Anglia trains
- Flood alerts issued by Environment Agency
SERVICE UPDATE 1450: Colchester-Clacton suspended until further notice due to overhead wire damage.Limited bus service now in operation. GK— @greateranglia 24 December 2013
Picture of the roof damage to a home in Kings Road Dovercourt.
A fallen tree at a home in Morley Road, Tiptree.
The number of Essex homes without power has risen to 2,115.
UK Power Networks has released this guidance on what to do if you are affected:
If you have a power cut:
- Let UK Power Networks know on the relevant number above
- Consider making contingency arrangements for the festive period
- See our website (via a mobile device) for some useful videos with advice during a power cut.
- Listen to local media who often broadcast helpful information
- Use an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
- Dress warmly in several layers of clothing, stay in one room or even get into bed
- Take great care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
- If you keep your freezer door closed, the temperature inside should remain low enough to keep the contents frozen for 12 to 15 hours. Many freezers can last as long as 24 hours without power.
- Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
- Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
- Look out for elderly neighbours; please consider taking them a flask of hot water or hot food
Engineers are continuing to restore #power caused by the #ukstorm.Once we know more, we'll update you.Rd our update http://t.co/VNcm2N8Xlq— @UKPowerNetworks 24 December 2013
Latest trains update from Greater Anglia:
"Greater Anglia is now running limited services on all routes with the exception of those shown below.
"Services via Thorpe Le Soken are suspended until further notice owing to overhead wire damage between Weeley and Thorpe Le Soken. A limited road replacement service is now operating between Colchester and Clacton on Sea, and Thorpe Le Soken to Walton on the Naze.
"First Essex bus routes 74 and 76 operate between Clacton and Colchester and routes 7 and 8 operate between Walton on the Naze and Clacton on Sea, Greater Anglia tickets are valid on these services.
"The Manningtree to Harwich Town branch line is currently suspended due to overhead wire damage. A road replacement service is now in operation, First Essex bus routes 103 and 104 operate between Harwich and Colchester via Manningtree, Greater Anglia tickets are valid on these services.
"All other Greater Anglia routes are now open and train services are being re-instated however only a limited train service is currently in operation."
Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Met Office, said the weather was in line with predictions.
He said the strongest gusts, which were between 50/60mph, were recorded near the coast.
Inland it was slightly lower, hitting between 45/55mph.
He said: “It wasn’t quite as strong as those in St Jude storm but it’s not far off.
“The winds weren’t as damaging but there has still been quite a lot of disruption especially with travel.
“Most of the strongest winds were during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).
“It was pretty spot on with what we were predicting.”
He said today, tomorrow and Boxing Day will be much calmer, with dry and bright spells.
However he believes the wind and rain could return on Friday.
He said: “We’ve got to keep an eye on late Thursday and Friday when we expect to see more wet and windy weather.”
River has burst its banks in the Notley Road, Braintree, area. Flooding in surrounding green space.
River levels in #Essex should peak by lunchtime today. We should remove some #flood warnings by late afternoon. #FloodAware— @MattButcherEA 24 December 2013
The number of known properties in Essex without power has increased to 1,948, UK Power Networks report.
XMAS EVE- ALL GA services finish earlier. See poster for last departures from London GK http://t.co/KjupnnsDyk— @greateranglia 24 December 2013
Church Road in Brightlingsea, which has been blocked by a fallen tree, has now reopened.
Essex County Council has reported about 50 fallen trees due to the high winds.
SERVICE UPDATE 1100: Manningtree-Harwich services suspended. Limited bus service now in operation. PB— @greateranglia 24 December 2013
SERVICE UPDATE 1100: Colchester-Clacton suspended until further notice due to overhead wire damage.Limited bus service now in operation. GK— @greateranglia 24 December 2013
The River Wid, near Chelmsford, and the River Crouch, from Noak Bridge to Runwell, both have warnings in place that flooding is expected.
A less severe flood alert is still in place for the River Colne from Great Yeldham to Colchester.
The key message is that although rivers are still responding to the rain, we are expecting a dry two days before more wet weather on Friday— @MattRevilleEA 24 December 2013
A flood alert is currently in place for the River Colne, from Great Yeldham to Colchester.
The latest Environment Agency alert says: "River levels are likely to stablise. Over the next 6 hours the forecast is for light rain."
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said:
“We put a lot of work into ensuring our staff were as prepared as possible for weather conditions the Essex area experienced, and for the bad weather forecast for the end of the week.
"Thankfully it appears people were very mindful about using 999 properly as our call volume was not significant and we hope they heed our guidance over the coming days to help ensure we’re reaching the most seriously ill people as quickly as possible.”
The amount of Essex homes without power has been reduced to 1,750 according to the latest update from UK Power Networks.
A spokesman said: "UK Power Networks is planning to help customers who have lost power, with Christmas Day dinners.
"It is appealing for any restaurants or pubs in the East of England and South East who have spare tables on Christmas Day, to email SDCSupportContact@ukpowernetworks.co.uk"
SERVICE UPDATE 0950: Colchester-Clacton suspended until further notice due to overhead wire damage.Limited bus service now in operation. GK— @greateranglia 24 December 2013
River has burst its banks and flooded down at Godlings Way, Braintree, according to reports on social media.
SERVICE UPDATE 0950: The majority of routes are now open. Colchester-Clacton and Manningtree-Harwich lines suspended. GK— @greateranglia 24 December 2013
Angelica Ellis heard her trampoline take off in Maple Avenue, Braintree, at 1am.
Damage to fencing in Cressing Road, Braintree.
Damage to a brick wall in Glebe Avenue, Braintree.
#Brightlingseatowncouncil workers doing a sterling job dealing with the tree down http://t.co/r9wj81qhB7— @PcDanHeard 24 December 2013
Some scattered showers forecast today across Essex, but winds have died down. For latest forecast visit http://t.co/uAzyOXo7ZQ— @PreparedInEssex 24 December 2013
Sorry we have lots of tweets & can't answer them all individually at the moment.Read our @ukpowernetworks advice http://t.co/VNcm2N8Xlq— @UKPowerNetworks 24 December 2013
MALDON: First Bus services disrupted and delayed due to flooding at Morrisons roundabout in Wycke Hill. Expect delays and diversions to 31S and 36 services.
The QE2 bridge at the Dartford crossing re-opened at 5am after closing yesterday lunchtime due to safety concerns.
COLCHESTER - Eightash Green now back OPEN! Service 88 getting back to normal— @FirstEssex 24 December 2013
RT @ChrisPetty74: High tide at Brightlingsea this afternoon. #brightlingsea #essex #waves #storm #weather http://t.co/Dwo06zCGkC— @AlisonCIHBoard 24 December 2013
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has received more than 90 weather-related calls since 6pm yesterday.
A spokesman said: "Up until midnight crews were called to incidents involving trees, structures and damage caused by the high winds and after midnight the service was called to mostly water related incidents which including flooding on the roads and in people's homes."
A12 flooding and surface water in the areas of Kelvedon, Rivenhall and Dedham— @Essex_Travel 24 December 2013
RT @PcDanHeard: Tree still down By the school Brightlingsea http://t.co/pRWQGfcKAr— @CarolineTilley1 24 December 2013
Maldon: Holloway Road in Heybridge is closed due to flooding.
Maldon Road in Latchingdon is blocked both ways due to a fallen tree between B1018 Cold Norton Road and Burnham Road.
There are also reports of flooding on the A414 in Maldon and between Wickham Bishops and Maldon.
Latest update from Greater Anglia:
"Network Rail and Greater Anglia staff have been working through the night to assess and repair any damage to the infrastructure. Thanks to their efforts we are now able to start running limited services on all routes with the exception of those shown below.
"Services via Thorpe Le Soken are suspended until further notice owing to overhead wire damage between Weeley and Thorpe Le Soken. A road replacement service is currently being resourced to operate between Colchester and Clacton on Sea, and Thorpe Le Soken to Walton on the Naze. it is anticipated that buses will be in place after 9am. First Essex bus routes 74 and 76 operate between Clacton and Colchester and routes 7 and 8 operate between Walton on the Naze and Clacton on Sea, Greater Anglia tickets are valid on these services
"The Manningtree to Harwich Town branch line is currently suspended due to overhead wire damage. A road replacement service is currently being resourced it is anticipated that buses will be in place after 9am, First Essex bus routes 103 and 104 operate between Harwich and Colchester via Manningtree, Greater Anglia tickets are valid on these services.
"All other Greater Anglia routes are now open and train services are being re-instated however only a limited train service is currently in operation and customers are advised to delay their journeys until later in the day unless their journeys are essential."
RT @FirstEssex: We are accepting GREATER ANGLIA tickets this morning on pararell routes #UKStorm— @showbizscott 24 December 2013
UK Power Networks has said 1,807 homes across Essex are still without power.
Additional staff have been called in try and fix the problem.
People are being urged to report any power cut or damaged power lines by calling 0800 783 8838 (East).
Anyone who spots a damaged power line is asked to stay well clear and to report it.
Last night's weather conditions are causing disruption across Essex this morning.
The official strongest wind gust in Essex was 64mph in Shoeburyness.
Unofficial report of 73mph at Boreham Air Base.
Have you been affected? Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01206 508432.
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