HEAVY rain over the weekend has left some roads in Colchester flooded for days.

Essex bus operator First warned passengers yesterday its 68 and S8 services were unable to follow their normal routes along Queen Elizabeth Way.

A diversion remains in place this morning while flooding covers the road and pavement near Firlie Walk.

Berechurch councillor Dave Harris says he’s “never seen it so bad”.

“I know we’ve had a lot of rain but the reality is the drains can’t cope with normal flow yet alone heavy rain flow,” he said.

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Mersea Road also remains flooded near its junction with Stansted Road this morning.

It is not the first time roads in Colchester have been left flooded by heavy rainfall.

Gazette: Wet - Dave Harris in a flooded Mersea RoadWet - Dave Harris in a flooded Mersea Road (Image: Dave Harris)

Essex Highways said: “We carry out inspections and drain cleaning across the county every year.

“However, due to recent high levels of rainfall it can take some time for increased water levels to drain in maintained gullies, or ditches and drainage owned by water authorities.

“When road flooding issues are reported to us, we visit the site and carry out gully cleansing and jetting if necessary.”

The authority added defects are prioritised “according to their risk” and urged residents to report issues online.