Thurrock hit by wet weather...and there's more to come

Thurrock Gazette: High water levels cause flooding at Grays Wharf [Pic: Emma Webster/Twitter] High water levels cause flooding at Grays Wharf [Pic: Emma Webster/Twitter]

SEVERAL days bringing spells of torrential rain have caused water levels to rise to their highest in five years.

At the Wharf, in Grays, the 3.06pm high tide combined with higher-than-normal water level saw the Thames begin to flood pavements.

And more wet weather is on the way, with rain and gales set to hit Thurrock in the next 12 hours, though tomorrow could see some sunny respite.

Around 24mm of rain has fallen in the last four days alone, more than half of last January's total rainfall.

Police officers were dispatched to ensure people on Argent Street did not get too close to the flood waters at Grays Wharf, which subsided quickly as the tide began to fall.

One resident living on the Wharf said in the four years she had lived in the area, she had never seen the water level so high.

Thurrock Gazette:

Caught off guard - close call as flood water doesn't quite reach Argent Street [Pic - Emma Webster/Twitter]

Thankfully, there was no damage to property nor disruption caused to traffic on Argent Street.

Thurrock Chief Inspector Ben Hodder said: "The water's going down rapidly now as high tide has passed and officers are leaving the scene. There's no disruption to Argent Street and the council will attend to assess any clean up and appropriate action for the next high tide."

Elsewhere, all four of the borough's scheduled non-league football matches were called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Referees deemed pitches at Aveley, Tilbury, East Thurrock United and Thurrock unplayable after deluges on Thursday and Friday.

A severe weather warning was in place for Thurrock on Saturday.

Independent meteorologist Phil Church, from Thurrock Weather, said: "To say the weather recently has been "unsettled" would be an understatement. Yesterday saw almost two seasons in one: spring and winter. It was gloriously sunny one minute with dark foreboding clouds and torrential rain the next.

Thurrock Gazette:

Picture by Vikki Shearing as water from the Thames overflows into the Wharf's communal areas.

"Temperatures are not falling below freezing most times but gales are still causing chaos around the region with yet more forecast tomorrow. Despite the rain warnings, today has seen 4.3mm of rain, with an astonishing 24.4mm of rain this month and we are only four days in!

"Tomorrow should see the return of a sunny day so don't throw stones at that fireball in the sky as it's meant to be there but gales and rain will arrive again after 4pm approximately."

Thurrock Gazette: Chadfields waterlogged pitch

Tilbury's football pitch at Chadfields yesterday [Pic: Paul Vaughan/Twitter]

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7:01pm Sat 4 Jan 14

wobblybob says...

Nice picture of the flood gates at Grays Wharf, but they're about as much use as a chocolate poker if they're left OPEN!
Nice picture of the flood gates at Grays Wharf, but they're about as much use as a chocolate poker if they're left OPEN! wobblybob

9:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Marcus P says...

Shows the folly of building in a flood plane.
Shows the folly of building in a flood plane. Marcus P

9:07am Sun 5 Jan 14

claysman says...

why were flood gates NOT SHUT at Grays Wharf
why were flood gates NOT SHUT at Grays Wharf claysman

12:27pm Sun 5 Jan 14

wobblybob says...

High tide on Sat. afternoon again breached Grays Wharf, the gates were still open. 7pm Sat. someone turned up & shut the gates, stable doors & bolting horses come to mind.
High tide on Sat. afternoon again breached Grays Wharf, the gates were still open. 7pm Sat. someone turned up & shut the gates, stable doors & bolting horses come to mind. wobblybob

12:38am Mon 6 Jan 14

Kirk.Martin@virginmedia.com says...

Fools build on floodplains and then wonders why they get flooded when it rains...
Fools build on floodplains and then wonders why they get flooded when it rains... Kirk.Martin@virginmedia.com

2:12am Mon 6 Jan 14

essex guy says...

Common sense tells you if you dont build on a floodplain then water will not flood where as if you build on a flood plain these are the consequences of doing so.
Common sense tells you if you dont build on a floodplain then water will not flood where as if you build on a flood plain these are the consequences of doing so. essex guy

7:44am Mon 6 Jan 14

aerobic1 says...

The first picture was Emma via Twitter then second via Howard - I forwarded yesterday!!
The first picture was Emma via Twitter then second via Howard - I forwarded yesterday!! aerobic1

10:53am Mon 6 Jan 14

zippy99 says...

Seriously negligent of someone to have left the gates open as you can't say there had been no timely warnings given by the authorities. Why isn't this report posing the question to those responsible? Seems to me whoever is responsible got lucky this time as the consequences could have been catastrophic for local people. As for those questioning the building on a flood plain, I'd agree if there were no defences in place, others in this country are not so lucky to be so well protected as those of us who live along the Thurrock coast line, but it does mean that the flood gates need to be shut as that is what they are there for and in particular to protect the people of Grays and the surrounding area!
Seriously negligent of someone to have left the gates open as you can't say there had been no timely warnings given by the authorities. Why isn't this report posing the question to those responsible? Seems to me whoever is responsible got lucky this time as the consequences could have been catastrophic for local people. As for those questioning the building on a flood plain, I'd agree if there were no defences in place, others in this country are not so lucky to be so well protected as those of us who live along the Thurrock coast line, but it does mean that the flood gates need to be shut as that is what they are there for and in particular to protect the people of Grays and the surrounding area! zippy99

8:00pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Bob Moorman says...

I am outraged at the serious failure to close this floodgate and have emailed Cllr. Holloway, environment portfolio holder at Thurrock Council and the Environment Agency requesting an answer to why this happened.
I am outraged at the serious failure to close this floodgate and have emailed Cllr. Holloway, environment portfolio holder at Thurrock Council and the Environment Agency requesting an answer to why this happened. Bob Moorman

9:30am Fri 10 Jan 14

OckendonPaul says...

I don't go that way much but this is the only time I can recall ever seeing the floodgates open!
Maybe it's me not understanding the purpose of them. I mean - why have gates at all? Under what circumstances is it beneficial to open them?
I don't go that way much but this is the only time I can recall ever seeing the floodgates open! Maybe it's me not understanding the purpose of them. I mean - why have gates at all? Under what circumstances is it beneficial to open them? OckendonPaul

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