A driver has been forced to abandon their car which is now stranded in water after heavy flooding. 

Pictures of Southend Road, near Fobbing, have shown how a large section of the road is submerged in water.

Southend Standard:

Police have closed both ends of the road at the Murco petrol garage and Eastern Garages, only allowing a select number of vehicles through.

Rachel Walker, who has lived along the road for 20 years, said: "The road has never been so quiet, I did wonder why barely any cars had gone past our house this morning.

"I drove down the end to have a look at what was happening and saw a car was stranded in the water, I just hope the driver is okay."

Southend Standard:

It comes after a warning has been issued due to flood waters causing problems on the county's roads this morning (January 14).

Southend Standard:

In Mersea Road, Langenhoe, a car has gone off the road due to high water levels.

There are also problems on the A127 and the A13 Londonbound. 

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Essex Fire Service has warned residents to take extra care on the road this morning.