Flood Alert Info - The Rivers Wid and Can

Area Description

The River Wid from Brentwood, to and including Writtle, and the River Can at Chelmsford.

This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert Currently in Force

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Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

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Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 17:25
River Wid, River Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall today, Monday 2nd April. This means that we are currently seeing higher river levels than normal in the Can and Wid catchment. The forecast is for no significant rainfall on Monday evening into Tuesday. We are expecting river levels to slowly fall over the course of the next 24 hours. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in any unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 09:47
River Wid, River Can
This message has been issued because of steady rainfall today, Monday 2nd April. This means that river levels are now beginning to peak following this morning's rain. The forecast is for continued rain until midday. We are expecting river levels to respond to any further rainfall. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in any unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Mar 2018 19:37
River Wid, River Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall yesterday, Friday 30th March. This means that river levels remain high, particularly where the Wid and Can meet the River Chelmer near Springfield. The forecast is for no significant rainfall over Saturday night. We are expecting river levels to slowly fall overnight, with levels likely to fall below threshold on Sunday morning. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in any unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Mar 2018 09:26
River Wid, River Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall yesterday, Friday 30th March. This means that river levels are expected to remain high for the remainder of Saturday morning, into the early afternoon, particularly around Writtle. The forecast is for further light rainfall across Saturday and Sunday. We are expecting river levels to slowly fall over the course of Saturday, with this Flood Alert remaining in force until levels fall well below thresholds. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in any unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Mar 2018 17:55
River Wid, River Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall over today, Friday 30th March. Further rainfall is expected until approximately 8pm this evening. This means that river levels are expected to rise over the course of this evening, peaking in the early hours of Saturday morning with the highest levels expected between 2am and 4am. The forecast is for further heavy rain over the next couple of hours, and further rainfall across the weekend, particularly on Sunday and Monday. We are expecting river levels to remain high and responsive to further rainfall on the saturated catchment. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. Take care on riverside footpaths and don't put yourself in any unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Mar 2018 15:16
River Wid, River Can
This message has been issued because of steady rainfall throughout today, Wednesday 28th March. This means that river levels are expected to continue to rise over the next couple of hours in response to continued rainfall. The forecast is for continued unsettled weather over the next couple of days and into the weekend. We are expecting river levels to rise steadily in response to the rainfall. Standing water will be visible in floodplain areas, and riverside footpaths may be flooded. Take care and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Jan 2018 16:53
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall over the last few days. This means that we are currently seeing higher river levels than normal in the area of Chelmsford. The forecast is for no rainfall overnight but further showers are possible during Wednesday 24 January 2018. We are expecting river levels to stabilise and drop overnight but remain responsive to further rainfall on Wednesday. Property flooding due to high river levels is not expected, but there may be some issues with surface water flooding. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Jan 2018 10:36
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall over the last few days. This means that river levels are remaining higher than normal as watercourses continue to react to the recent rainfall. The forecast is for a period of unsettled weather with scattered showers through the day and further heavier rain during Wednesday. We are expecting river levels to remain high, especially in the areas of Writtle and Chelmsford. Levels are expected to peak today but may react to any further rain. Property flooding due to high river levels is not expected, but there may be some issues with surface water flooding. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Jan 2018 09:54
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall yesterday morning. This means that river levels remain high, particularly around Beaches Mill and Writtle College. The forecast is for continued unsettled weather over the next couple of days. We are expecting river levels to slowly fall over the next 12 hours. Standing water will be visible in floodplain areas, and riverside footpaths may be flooded. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Jan 2018 12:50
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall earlier this morning. This means that river levels are expected to continue to rise over the next few hours however the worst of the rainfall has passed and further impacts will be limited. The forecast is for continued unsettled weather over the next couple of days. We are expecting river levels to rise and remain high for the next few hours before receding overnight. Property flooding due to high river levels is not expected, but there may be some issues with surface water flooding. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Dec 2017 17:06
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the steady rainfall over the last few days This means that river levels are remaining high as watercourses continue to react to the recent rainfall. The forecast is for showers through the night which will keep river levels high and fluctuating. We are expecting river levels to start to recede however further rainfall is likely to cause levels to rise. Property flooding due to high river levels is not expected, but there may be some issues with surface water flooding. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Dec 2017 09:34
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the persistent heavy rainfall that is currently affecting this area. This means that we are currently seeing higher river levels than normal in the area of Ingatestone to Chelmsford. The forecast is for continued unsettled weather over the next couple of days. We are expecting river levels to remain responsive to further rainfall on the saturated catchment. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Dec 2017 15:16
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the persistent heavy rainfall that has been affecting this area. This means that river levels are expected to continue to rise over the next new hours, especially near Ingatestone. The forecast is for light rain for the rest of the day with a band of rainfall overnight. We are expecting river levels to rise and remain high until tomorrow morning There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Aug 2017 08:29
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon and evening. This means that river levels have now peaked around Billericay and should start to fall. The river from Heybridge to Chelmsford may see some rise and then fall during today. The forecast is for continued light rainfall clearing by lunchtime. We are expecting river levels to remain high, but soon start to slowly recede in the upper parts of the River Wid. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. We are monitoring the situation closely and have teams ready to respond.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Jul 2017 11:09
Wid, Can
This message has been issued because of the widespread heavy rainfall overnight. This means that river levels are expected to continue to rise over the next few hours. The forecast is for showers through the day and this evening which will keep rivers high. We are expecting river levels to rise and remain high for most of Sunday. There is the possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens. We will continue to closely monitor levels and update this message as necessary.