Weather warnings: Colchester residents warned to avoid area as flooding set to hit

People in Colchester are being warned to avoid an area where “significant” flooding is expected this week.

Haven Road, in Colchester, regularly floods and could be blocked twice daily this weekend.

The warning comes after high tides and rainfall saw residents complain about the road last month.

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One resident even explained that they have kayaked down the road between Colne Causeway and Whitehall Road due to its frequent flooding.

Colchester Borough Council says floods are expected from yesterday morning (December 2) through to Sunday (December 5).

Motorists are being urged to plan their journeys to take alternative routes if necessary.

A then-local resident kayaking down the flooded Haven Road
(Image: Bryony Cole)

Flooding could occur an hour or more either side of the following times:

  • Friday, 3 December: 10.41am and 11.14pm
  • Saturday, 4 December: 11.32am
  • Sunday, 5 December: 12.01am and 12.21pm

Cllr Simon Crow, Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “Unfortunately high tides and rainfall, which are forecast at the end of this week and into the weekend, could see further flooding along Haven Road and some potential disruption to residents, businesses and motorists.

“I would urge people to avoid the area during periods of high tide, when we can expect the flooding to be at its worst, and to use alternative routes if they possibly can.”

Colchester Borough Council said the flooding’s causes were “complex” and due to several factors.

These factors include in-flowing water from the Bourne stream system via Distillery Pond, the duration the tide is above the level of Haven Road, and the limited capacity below road level for water to seep away.

Heavy rainfall makes the problem worse, creating more frequent and severe floods.

A “taskforce” was set up last May by MP Will Quince to find a solution to the flooding.

The Hythe Taskforce comprises of representatives from Colchester Borough Council, Essex County Council, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency.

The taskforce is working to explore lasting solutions to reduce the impact and disruption it causes.

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