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Maldon district: Torrential rain causes severe flooding
Torrential downpours caused chaos in Maldon as roads and businesses were hit by severe flooding.
Motorists suffered delays as water flooded Cross Road, Fambridge Road, Park Drive and more.
Residents have also said that Bentalls Shopping Centre car park, in Colchester Road, Heybridge is like a swimming pool.
Road closures are also in place across the county, particularly on the London bound carriageway of the A127, following a burst man hole cover caused by the heavy rainfall.
Essex fire and rescue service is now warning drivers to take care and not get themselves and their families trapped by driving into flood water.
Just two feet of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars; this depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake.
Motorists should never attempt to drive through water deeper than the centre of their wheels. If water gets into the car’s air intake or into the electrics the car will stop leaving driver and passengers trapped.
The water could also be hiding damaged road or missing manhole covers.
A spokesman for the fire service said: "It is important that when faced with water drivers exercise a little common sense. If they can they should find an alternative route. If there is no way round they should park safely and get out to check the depth of the water before they drive into it.
"Just driving into water and hoping for the best is not an option, by the time you find out the water is too deep you are already trapped.”
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