A NEW map has been released showing which parts of north Essex are at most at risk from rising sea levels.

The impact of storms in recent years, which have brought flash flooding across the county, remind us just how easily a few inches of rainfall can brings things to a halt.

But although we hope we never see such scenes under normal circumstances, a climate change organisation has predicted what areas will be hardest-hit as sea levels continue to rise.

Climate Central, which is a non-profit organisation which reports the latest climate news from across the globe, has developed this interactive map showing the predicted situation.

It is just a prediction, but based on scientific data collated by the group.

The organisation warns users the map does not account for factors including the frequency of storms, erosion, or how rivers contribute to rising sea levels.

It also warns estimates do not factor in man-made structures to prevent further damage including seawalls - meaning it is likely some areas will not face the true expected scale of damage.

Our part of Essex is surrounded by miles of beautiful coastline, which means the area is more at risk from rising sea levels than most.

We've looked at what the predictions are for rising sea levels in Essex over the coming decades.

Maldon and Heybridge

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Both areas are known to experience low levels of flooding at times of high tides or extreme weather.

Most of Heybridge and large swathes of Maldon are at greatest risk as those areas are highlighted in red, meaning they could be partially below the annual flood level by 2030.

Burnham

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

The map shows parts of Burnham closest to the River Crouch would be most at threat from flooding by 2030.

This would stretch towards Creeksea. 

Bradwell

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

The area around Bradwell and along the Dengie coast would be prone to flooding according within the next decade. 

Large parts of the area closest to the coastline are worst impacted. 

North Fambridge

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

The maps show North Fambridge alongside other areas on the Dengie will be at risk of flooding by 2030.

Latchingdon, Mayland and St Lawrence 

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

These three areas are also likely to see an increased risk of flooding in the next decade. 

Osea Island is also shown as being highlighted in red. 

Goldhanger and Tollesbury 

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Both areas, which are close to the Blackwater Estuary, are shown as being at risk by 2030. 

You can explore the map for yourself here.