Homes and business damaged while trains disrupted in the aftermath of UK storm

Basildon Recorder: Damage to a shop front in Eastern Esplanade, Thorpe Bay. Picture by Echo reader Jennifer Hunter-Jones Damage to a shop front in Eastern Esplanade, Thorpe Bay. Picture by Echo reader Jennifer Hunter-Jones

FALLEN trees and flooding are causing problems across south Essex thanks to Monday night's storm.

Commuters have been warned not to travel on the trains on Christmas Eve after severe damage was caused to tracks.

Greater Anglia yesterday said it would have trains running by 9am but has now said some will not be available until Tuesday afternoon.

C2C is running some services but have warned passengers to expect cancellations and delays until midday.

Fallen trees have been reported across the county and four people in Purfleet have been left homeless after the roof was blown from their home.

Firefighters worked throughout last night to secure the belongings in the home.

They were called to 90 weather incidents last night from damage caused by high winds to flooding on the roads and in people's homes.

Passengers were stuck on a train between Benfleet and Leigh due to a power failure just after 8.30pm last night and had to be walked off the train by staff after a wait of nearly an hour.

A freight train suffered a smashed windscreen when it hit a tree on the London-bound track between Stanford and Grays at 11.45pm.

Meanwhile flooding has closed Western Esplanade on Canvey.

Flood warnings have also been given in Wickford, with many Billericay residents saying roads are flooded.

Essex Police has asked all drivers to only travel if absolutely necessary.

UK Power Networks said around 1,800 homes in Essex were without power.  They said they would be working to restore it to as many as possible in time for Christmas.

 

 

Do you have any storm pictures in south Essex?  Send them to caroline.tilley@nqe.com

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9:46am Tue 24 Dec 13

rayleigh123 says...

Essex Police has asked all drivers to only travel if absolutely necessary

The trouble with announcements like this is that drivers consider it calling - wolf- and it dilutes the message.

When i lived in America we had so many evacuated storm warnings that people did not even bother to read them - then came the big one.


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Essex Police has asked all drivers to only travel if absolutely necessary The trouble with announcements like this is that drivers consider it calling - wolf- and it dilutes the message. When i lived in America we had so many evacuated storm warnings that people did not even bother to read them - then came the big one. . rayleigh123

10:54am Tue 24 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

I stayed in all day and night. I had no intentions of going out in that. Vile, howling racket all night long. Thank God it's gone.
I stayed in all day and night. I had no intentions of going out in that. Vile, howling racket all night long. Thank God it's gone. Kim Gandy

4:52pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Anyone had to be rescued from Buttsbury Wash?
Anyone had to be rescued from Buttsbury Wash? Howard Cháse

11:31pm Tue 24 Dec 13

kensbowling says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Anyone had to be rescued from Buttsbury Wash?
air sea rescue chopper used to rescue one person from submerged car in 5' deep flood water here earlier.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Anyone had to be rescued from Buttsbury Wash?[/p][/quote]air sea rescue chopper used to rescue one person from submerged car in 5' deep flood water here earlier. kensbowling

6:24pm Fri 27 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

My friend is still homeless from the August floods
My friend is still homeless from the August floods CHRISTMAS CAROL

12:22pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Letmetryagain says...

Did I miss something ?

I must have slept through it.
Did I miss something ? I must have slept through it. Letmetryagain

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