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Surface water flooding happens during heavy and long periods of rain when the ground becomes soaked and it is not able to deal with the amount of rain water. The water rises to the surface and flooding happens.
This happens when ordinary watercourses like streams are not able to contain the amount of water falling into them such as during or after heavy rain.
This type of flooding happens when there are high tides, strong winds and stormy conditions. You can check flood warnings on the Environment Agency website to see if you’re at risk.
This happens when sewers or pipes in towns and cities become blocked by heavy rainfall, often causing pollution. Anglian Water covers most of the county; although Epping Forest, Harlow and some parts of Uttlesford are managed by Thames Water.
Flooding from groundwater can happen when the level of water within the rock or soil that makes up the land surface (known as the water table) rises.
These are man-made ponds or lakes that are usually formed by building a wall, known as a dam, across a river. If one of these dams failed then water could escape from the reservoir, resulting in land or properties being flooded.