The weather in 1968 brought Essex the worst flooding that had been seen since the great tidal surge of 1953. The weather had been so bad that the railway network failed between Wickford and Rayleigh, so a bus service was put in place. The bus driver, Mr David Dockerill, was not to be put off of his task by mere flood water and, on the outskirts of Woodham, he moved his passengers to the top deck of the bus. The weather had created such high water levels that the lower deck was flooded as Mr Dockerill forced the vehicle through the flood waters, but the passengers were safe in the upper deck and were delivered to their destination dry and safe. In 1990, the weather event of the year took place on the 25th of January when a gale of such severity hit the county that on the A12 junction with the A414, at South Woodham Ferrers, seven lorries were blown over, and a passenger was injured when a coach was forced into a ditch.


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