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More flood warnings across Sussex

By rfowler73  |  Posted: December 23, 2012

Sussex is continuing to be affected by floods

Sussex is continuing to be affected by floods

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More flood warnings have been put in place over Sussex today as parts of the county continue to be hit by rainfall.

The Environment Agency has issued warnings for the River Bull at Hellingly and the River Cuckmere and Powdermill Stream at Crowhurst.

This is in addition to flood warnings that are already in place for the River Ouse near Fletching and Aldingbourne Rife outside of Bognor Regis.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the whole of the South East. Heavy rain and gale force winds are still affecting parts of the county.

The Environment Agency says that the new flood warnings are because rain is falling on already saturated ground.

Drivers are being warned to take extra water as many roads are partially flooded. Deep surface water is affecting roads near Worthing, Billingshurst and Bognor in West Sussex and many rural areas near Uckfield in East Sussex.

Fire crews were called to a flooded basement in St Helen's Road, Hastings and to clear a large amount of surface water in Chichester Close, Peacehaven.

The Environment Agency (EA) has given details of the high river levels in the county. Uckfield Mill upstream measures 1.42 metres late yesterday evening, though the typical height is between 0.30 metres and 1.30 metres. The highest river level ever recorded at this location is 1.49 metres.

However, the EA said that this measurement was an exception as most levels in the rest of the county are in the typical range.

Barcombe Mills, near Lewes also received an upgraded flood warning yesterday.

The EA said: "Following Thursdays heavy rainfall, ground conditions around the River Ouse continue to remain extremely wet. "As a result, river levels have responded quickly to today's rainfall and a Flood Warning is being issued for Barcombe Mills. This means we are expecting to see flooding to property over the next few hours. Our main areas of concern are currently around Anchor Gates."

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  • shooter73  |  December 27 2012, 12:19PM

    Quiet day in the water company social media department?

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  • shooter73  |  December 24 2012, 8:52PM

    But come February the Water Companies will still be applying for their drought orders to maximise stockholder value.

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