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Drivers rescued from flood water

Motorists have been rescued from their cars and four homes have been flooded after heavy rain hit parts of Essex.

Firefighters helped the four motorists who had driven into the flood water on Watery Lane, Rawreth, and became stranded in their vehicles.

Another crew was called to Mundon near Maldon where three drivers also became stranded.

In Latchingdon, firefighters were called to flooding at four terraced houses.

'Cold and wet'

Sub Officer Steve Jones, in charge of the first incident, said: "The water was at least 3ft deep.

"When we arrived at the tail end of the flood, we found a woman motorist stranded.

"Fortunately she had only gone some 10ft into the water and we were able to push her car away and onto a dry spot where she remained.

"The incident got a bit more complicated as we made our way down the lane where we found another three cars with three men inside.

"They were obviously cold and wet having spent more than an hour inside their vehicles and then wading out alongside the crew."

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