Flood alerts across Sussex as people warned to avoid falling cliffs

First published in News by , Crime reporter

There are 109 flood warnings in force across the UK - the majority across the south east.

Red 'flood warnings' are the second most severe. Only 'severe flood warnings' are more severe - there are three in place, all in the south west.

There are more than 200 flood alerts.

Flood warnings in Sussex include:

  • Rivers Eden and Eden Brook from Crowhurst and Blindley Heath to Penshurst

Flood alerts in Sussex include:

  • The Rivers Arun, Chilt, Stor, Black Ditch and Tortington Stream
  • Cuckmere River and tributaries from Vines Cross to Exceat Bridge
  • Upper Ouse and tributaries from Slaugham to Barcombe Mills
  • River Rother and it's tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, including; Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Bodiam

An Environment Agency statement said: "Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences, monitoring water levels and issuing flood warnings where necessary.

"Most recent estimates suggest that around 350 properties have flooded to date but over 222,000 properties have been protected by flood defences."

Paul Mustow, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency said “The risk of flooding continues this week.

“Environment Agency teams have again been out in force over the weekend checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences and monitoring water levels, and will continue to work around the clock to protect communities at risk."

People have been warned to keep away from cliffs in Hastings after excessive rainfall, strong winds and high tides lead to a massive rock fall.

The cliff face at Rock a Nore, which forms part of the Hastings Country Park and Nature Reserve, is susceptible to landslides but the fall on January 3 means the area is dangerous in the current weather conditions, Hastings Borough Council said.

Councillor Emily Westley said: "We already advise the public not to enter the area with warning and information signs and a fixed barrier to restrict access, but must reiterate the current dangers.

"Visual inspections are carried out daily of cliffs as part of the beach inspector's checks and this includes ensuring all signage and barriers are in place. In addition, we also visually inspect and photograph this area of cliff as part of our quarterly inspection of coast defence assets."


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