Mo from Chelmsford Canoe Club forwarded us the following message and clearly with water flow levels higher than normal care has to be taken where ever you are paddling
"Tree across river Chelmer - this is not a recent tree fall, however with the river rising it has now become more of a dangerous hazard for anyone traveling downstream from the University. There is a tree across the river just above the Viaduct/Railway crossing and after the footpath which leads from Hill View Road to the Station/University. There is currently no room to get under the tree safely and no obvious breakouts before the tree. Take care whilst the rivers are flowing."