In pictures: River Roding bursts its banks in Redbridge

The River Roding in Woodford Green showing a heightened level as it passes alongside Chigwell Road.

The River Roding in Woodford Green showing a heightened level as it passes alongside Chigwell Road. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

The River Roding burst its banks in Wanstead and Woodford Green at the weekend in what has been described as some of the worst floods in more than 50 years.

The Environment Agency issued a warning on Saturday, December 21, for homes and roads along the River Roding in Redbridge, Woodford Green, South Woodford, Wanstead, Ilford, Barking and East Ham.

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan - Credit: Archant

Flood warnings mean immediate action is required, while flood alerts indicate you need to be prepared.

The River Roding in Woodford Green showing a heightened level as it passes alongside Chigwell Road.

The River Roding in Woodford Green showing a heightened level as it passes alongside Chigwell Road. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

Playing fields near the Orchard Estate in Woodford Green flooded and areas of Wanstead Park became impassable as heavy rain persisted throughout the weekend.

The River Roding in Woodford Green showing a heightened level as it passes alongside Chigwell Road.

The River Roding in Woodford Green showing a heightened level as it passes alongside Chigwell Road. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

Paul Donovan, Wanstead village councillor, said: "I walked around the Ornamental Lake on Saturday and it was a bit like the tide coming in all around you.

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan - Credit: Archant

"In a number of areas the river water was rising to meet the lake and flowing across the parkland.

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan - Credit: Archant

"I've never seen it this bad in more than 50 years."

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan - Credit: Archant

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan

Flooding in Wanstead. Picture: Paul Donovan - Credit: Archant

The river reaching high levels in Woodford Green. Picture: Colin Drummond

The river reaching high levels in Woodford Green. Picture: Colin Drummond - Credit: Archant

Flooding at Orchard Estate in Woodford. Picture: Colin Drummond

Flooding at Orchard Estate in Woodford. Picture: Colin Drummond - Credit: Archant