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Flood waters subsiding in county

Ingatestone flooding
The Environment Agency believes the worst of the flooding is over

The flood waters in Essex have begun to subside and people are beginning the clear up operation.

There is now only one flood warning in place - for the River Colne at Colchester - compared with eight flood warnings on Wednesday morning.

Essex Fire and Rescue Services were called out to more than 350 incidents during the height of the flooding on Monday and Tuesday.

Little Waltham was badly hit when the River Chelmer burst its banks.

The Environment Agency said it was confident the worst was over after rising waters made some roads impassable on Tuesday.

'No rain forecast'

But the cold weather has continued to cause difficulties, with part of the A12 closed for a time because of ice.

The stretch of road between the Shenfeild and Mountnessing turn-offs was shut until it was made safe.

A number of back roads in Essex also remained closed in the wake of the flooding.

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: "We should have seen the worst of it now.

"Because there's no rain forecast we think throughout the day the river levels are going to fall."

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