Emergency plans have been put into action after heavy overnight rain has caused flooding in Great Dunmow.

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The River Chelmer, which runs through the town, has been put on the Environment Agency’s Flood Line warning.

The river has burst its banks at Church End and Great Dunmow Town Council has sent sandbags down to protect homes nearby.

On its website, the Environment Agency states: “River levels are expected to remain high over the next 24 hours. The peak of the river is now near Church End. River levels are likely to continue to rise slowly.

“Properties are at risk in Great Dunmow, Howe Street, Little Waltham and the Rivermead Industrial estate in Chelmsford.

“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities.”

Town clerk Caroline Fuller said: “A flood warning has been issued for Great Dunmow. Our emergency plan has been put into action by issuing sandbags.”

The Braintree Road car park in Great Dunmow is also partially underwater.

Social media users have been tweeting about areas affected. Gareth Joice warned road users: “There is flooding on top of Pound Hill, Little Dunmow village. Felsted & Flitch Green drivers beware.”

And Dan Wilson Tweeted: “Such a shame to see Finchingfield underwater, and many of the beautiful villages in that area likewise.”

The Broadcast also received reports of parts high water levels in Great Bardfield.

• If you know of other parts of Uttlesford or Braintree that have been flooded or have any pictures, e-mail us at editor@dunmow-broadcast.co.uk or Tweet us using the handle @dunmowbroadcast

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