Windy weather on 16th-17th September 1935 was so severe that telephone lines around the county were blown down, and in Waltham, a young man was sadly killed when he was blown off of his bicycle into the path of a tram. On 29th July 1987, the wet weather sent a deluge that caused Cobbins Brook to rise 6 feet in just half an hour, destroying rape seed crops in surrounding fields. Police in Waltham Abbey, who were patrolling despite the weather, had to make use of dinghies hired from Thames River Police. Cobbins Brook is particularly liable to flooding when the weather is exceptionally wet, and it did so, without warning, in November 2000. Broomstick Road was underwater, and residents were angry that there had been almost no warning.

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