In 1891, the weather was sufficiently cold to cause the River Blackwater to freeze along its length from Maldon to Chelmsford. Over 2000 people took to the surface to ice skate in early January that year, and a race was held between two gentlemen along a 13-mile stretch of the river from Maldon to Springfield. Another strange weather story occurred in the terrible 1953 tidal swell when a couple travelling home from a party drove head-on into the advancing tide at the River Blackwater. They survived the weather by removing the seats from the car and sitting on the roof as the waters swirled around them and remained there until they were rescued.


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