Flood Alert Info - Cripsey Brook in Epping Forest District Council

Area Description

The Cripsey Brook including Thornwood Common, North Weald Bassett, Moreton and Chipping Ongar.
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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There are no Flood Alerts currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

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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

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 27 Dec 2020 14:51
Cripsey Brook
River levels have risen on the Cripsey Brook as a result of overnight heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is possible from 14:00 on Sunday 27 December. Surface water flooding is also likely, but flooding to properties is not expected. Further rainfall is possible tomorrow however we expect river levels to begin falling later this evening and overnight into Monday morning. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are monitoring rainfall and river levels and are checking rivers for blockages. Please monitor local water levels and weather conditions. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, Monday 28 December, or as the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 18:51
Cripsey Brook
The Cripsey Brook remains high and out of its banks in the Chipping Ongar area. There will be flooding to low lying land gardens and roads close to the river throughout today (Friday 4th December) and overnight into tomorrow. Flooding from surface water could also occur. We expect the river to remain high overnight and then start to fall gradually. Further spells of showers are possible over the next few days, however some places may remain dry. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are continuing to monitor river levels and have staff in the field checking for and clearing blockages. This message will be updated by 9am tomorrow or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Dec 2020 06:29
Cripsey Brook
Heavy rain yesterday and overnight into today, Friday 4 December, has affected the Cripsey Brook, particularly in the Chipping Ongar area. River levels are rising and are expected to come out of banks in some low lying areas this morning. Further areas of rain may affect the area today so river levels are likely to remain high through today. Flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside gardens is possible this morning. Surface water flooding may also affect these areas. We recommend you monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. We are monitoring rainfall and river levels and are checking rivers for blockages. We will update this message by 8pm this evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Oct 2020 19:57
Cripsey Brook
Heavy rainfall over the weekend has caused the Cripsey Brook to rise. There is likely to be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river overnight and into tomorrow, Monday 5 October. Flooding from surface water, where water gathers and flows off road surfaces, could also occur. No further heavy rain is expected overnight, so river levels should start to drop tomorrow. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff on standby to attend to any blockages in the river. This message will be updated by 9am tomorrow or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 07:38
Cripsey Brook
Persistent rain, associated with Storm Dennis, fell over the weekend. The water level on the River Roding will remain high, Monday 17 February. We are expecting scattered showers throughout Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February. River levels will remain high. Flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside gardens is possible in North Weald, Moreton and Chipping Ongar. Surface water flooding may also affect these areas. We recommend you monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. We are continuing to monitor rainfall and river levels. We will update this message on Monday evening, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 21:00
Cripsey Brook
We have issued a Flood Alert. Rain, associated with Storm Dennis, has fallen throughout the weekend, with further scattered showers forecast overnight Sunday 16 February. The water level on the Cripsey Brook has risen as a result. Flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside gardens is possible in North Weald, Moreton and Chipping Ongar overnight. Surface water flooding may also affect these areas. We recommend you monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. We are continuing to monitor rainfall and river levels. We will update this message on Monday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 15:24
Cripsey Brook
We have issued a Flood Alert. Rain, associated with Storm Dennis, has been falling overnight and this morning, Sunday 16 February. The water level on the Cripsey Brook has risen as a result. Further rain is predicted throughout the day on Sunday. Flooding to low-lying land, roads and riverside gardens is possible in North Weald, Moreton and Chipping Ongar this afternoon and evening. Surface water flooding may also affect these areas. We recommend you monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. We are continuing to monitor rainfall and river levels. We will update this message on Sunday evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Dec 2019 08:56
Cripsey Brook
River levels on the Cripsey Brook are now beginning to fall after heavy rain over the weekend. This flood alert remains in force due to the risk of further rain this morning, Sunday 22nd December, which could see river levels rise again. Flooding to roads and low lying land will remain possible throughout the weekend. We are continuing to closely monitor rainfall and river levels. Please stay aware of the forecast, local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. This message will be updated this afternoon or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 18:02
Cripsey Brook
River levels on the Cripsey Brook are now beginning to fall after heavy rain yesterday and today. This flood alert remains in force due to the risk of further rain which could see river levels rise again. Flooding to roads and low lying land will remain possible throughout the weekend. We are continuing to closely monitor rainfall and river levels. Please stay aware of the forecast, local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. This message will be updated in the morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 12:12
Cripsey Brook
River levels on the Cripsey Brook are now beginning to fall after heavy rain yesterday. This flood alert remains in force due to the risk of further rain which could see river levels rise again. Flooding to roads and low lying land will remain possible throughout the weekend. We are continuing to closely monitor rainfall and river levels. Please stay aware of the forecast, local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. This message will be updated this evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Dec 2019 00:02
Cripsey Brook
River levels remain high on the Cripsey Brook as a result of heavy rainfall earlier today, 20/12/2019. Further rainfall is expected overnight and river levels are expected to remain high. Flooding to roads and low lying land will remain possible into tomorrow morning. We are continuing to closely monitor rainfall and river levels. Please stay aware of the forecast, local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 21/12/2019, or as the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 20 Dec 2019 09:13
Cripsey Brook
Heavy rainfall has been falling overnight and will continue this morning on Friday 20 December. The Cripsey Brook has risen on Friday morning. There is likely to be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river near Chipping Ongar, Moreton, Thornwood Common and North Weald Bassett. Flooding from surface water, where water gathers and flows off road surfaces, could also occur. Please monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Consider putting your flood plan into action and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff on standby to attend to any blockages in the river. This message will be updated by 19.00 on Friday 20 December or earlier if the situation changes.