LiveFlood warnings as more rain hits Sussex

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Summary

  • Heavy rain and gale force winds are battering the county
  • Drivers are being warned to take extra care in the hazardous conditions after several accidents already today
  • The Met Office has increased its warning about rainfall to amber and there are flood warnings as the deluge continues

9:20am

Rain continues to pour across Sussex. The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Medway at Forest Row, East Sussex.

They said: "Following heavy rainfall overnight the River Medway levels from Forest Row to Penshurst remain high. Scattered showers are forecast for today and we expect river levels to peak and start falling this morning.

"We are expecting flooding of low lying land, fields and roads but we are not expecting there to be property flooding."

9:04pm

Parts of Brighton have been put on flood alert.

www.theargus.co.uk/news/10127295.Parts_of_Brighton_on_Flood_Alert/

11:16am

The A27 eastbound is closed between the junctions with the A285 Portfield Way Chichester and the A29 South, due to flooding

The road is expected to remain closed throughout the day.

A local diversion is in place, however HGVs may use the A259, Bognor Road.

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There are no Met Office weather warnings for today (Sunday).

But Christmas Eve (Monday) there is a yellow warning of rain, with further heavy downpours forecast.

See the Met Office warnings on their website.

1:08pm

Flood warning in Corwhurst has been downgraded.

There are still warnings for Barcombe Mills, Bersted and Hellingly.

For more information see the Environment Agency website.

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There are still flood warnings for Barcombe Mills, Crowhurst, Bersted and Hellingly and Horsebridge.

For more information go to the Environment Agency website.

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Fire crews in West and East Sussex said they have had a surprisingly quiet night. The rain eased off on Saturday evening and they were only called to a few isolated incidents of flooding in East Sussex, including a flooded basement in St Helens Road in Hastings, leaking roof in Braybrooke Road, Hastings and a large amount of surface water in Chichester Close, Peacehaven.

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4:50pm Sat 22 Dec 12

getThisCoalitionOut says

Roads between Eastbourne and Heathfield are becoming quite flooded on edges of roads - so when you drive along there's an enormous amount of water spraying out at sides of car - it's still pouring with rain so these roads will be very dangerous at night - be very careful and if possible, wait until morning.

At some parts the rain water has spread to the middle of the road.

5:53pm

Ferry sailings from Newhaven today and tomorrow have been cancelled for 'technical reasons'. They couldn't explain any further.

5:31pm

Information from the Environment Agency website about current river levels:

The river level at Uckfield Mill upstream is 1.42 metres.

This measurement was recorded at 16:45 on 22/12/2012.

The typical river level range for this location is between 0.30 metres and 1.30 metres.

The highest river level recorded at this location is 1.49 metres and the river level reached 1.49 metres on 10/02/2009.

It looks like an exception, as levels elsewhere in the county are generally in the typical range level.

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Barcombe Mills, north of Lewes, has also been upgraded to a flood warning this afternoon.

The Environment Agency 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. However with further heavy, prolonged rain forecast this afternoon into the evening levels could become a concern downstream around Barcombe. River Levels can be viewed online at the Environment Agency website on the Adur and Ouse pages. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this Warning as necessary.

See the flood warnings for the county here:

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

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So that's a flood warning added for River Ouse from Freshfield Bridge to Sharpesbridge including Sheffield Park Station and Fletching Mill this afternoon.

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The Argus:

Standing water on the A259 at Southwick

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The Argus: Fields flood Brook Street near Cuckfield

Fields flood in Brook Street near Cuckfield

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West Sussex Fire and Rescue had about 30 calls this morning to people with minor flooding, but no major problems as yet. Staff in the call centre say people are understandably nervous when water starts creeping up the garden path towards their homes, after the summer's deluge.

2:45pm

BBC weather forecast:

Today

It will be wet and windy with persistent, occasionally heavy rain. Staying cloudy with further rain in the afternoon, but it will be very mild. A risk of localised flooding.

Tonight

Continuing cloudy with outbreaks of rain, although the rain may become somewhat lighter and patchier by morning. Still mild though.

2:38pm

Fire crews have been called to help a blind person in Hastings whose basement has flooded.

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The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for:

Crowhurst:  Powdermill Stream at Crowhurst from the Post Office to the Recreation Ground South of Sandrock Hill Road

Bersted on the Aldingbourne Rife:  The Aldingbourne Rife at Bersted, including Addison Way, Riverside Caravan Park, and the South Bersted industrial estate

Hellingly & Horsebridge:  Cuckmere River and Bull River at Hellingly and Horsebridge including Mill Lane, Station Road and the A271 at Lower Horsebridge.

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And also in West Sussex, the B2132 Yapton Road in Middleton-On-Sea is closed in both directions between the A259 Worms Lane junction and the Elmer Road junction, because of flooding.

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1:31pm Sat 22 Dec 12

mypennyworth says

I have just been to the VIC next to the Pavilion and they are open, so I bought my train ticket for next week there.

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Reports that flooding has closed the A29 Lidsey Road Woodgate, in both ways between Hook Lane and Shripney Lane

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The Met Office has increased the warning about rainfall from yellow to amber.

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Sorry football fans Blackburn v Albion is off because the pitch is waterlogged.

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11:39am Sat 22 Dec 12

katarinak says

Any idea of what happened on the A27 this morning?

Police say one car is believed to have spun in the wet conditions and was then hit by another car on the A27 westbound just after the A270 junction.

Two people were taken to hospital but miraculously police say they only appear to have minor injuries.

The road was closed until the cars were recovered.

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Because of flooding at Arundel buses are replacing trains between Horsham and Barnham. It will increase journey times by up to an hour.

Southern rail is using Twitter hashtag: #Arundel
They are advising people use the National Rail Enquiries real time Journey Planner or call TrainTracker on 0871 200 49 50 to find out how the bus replacement will impact journeys.

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11:39am Sat 22 Dec 12

katarinak says...

Any idea of what happened on the A27 this morning?
Any idea of what happened on the A27 this morning? katarinak
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11:43am Sat 22 Dec 12

lordenglandofsussex says...

After 20 years of low rainfall we have now been deluged in the past year. At this rate we will all need scuba diving equipment just to get to work.
After 20 years of low rainfall we have now been deluged in the past year. At this rate we will all need scuba diving equipment just to get to work. lordenglandofsussex
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1:31pm Sat 22 Dec 12

mypennyworth says...

I have just been to the VIC next to the Pavilion and they are open, so I bought my train ticket for next week there.
I have just been to the VIC next to the Pavilion and they are open, so I bought my train ticket for next week there. mypennyworth
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4:50pm Sat 22 Dec 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Roads between Eastbourne and Heathfield are becoming quite flooded on edges of roads - so when you drive along there's an enormous amount of water spraying out at sides of car - it's still pouring with rain so these roads will be very dangerous at night - be very careful and if possible, wait until morning.

At some parts the rain water has spread to the middle of the road.
Roads between Eastbourne and Heathfield are becoming quite flooded on edges of roads - so when you drive along there's an enormous amount of water spraying out at sides of car - it's still pouring with rain so these roads will be very dangerous at night - be very careful and if possible, wait until morning. At some parts the rain water has spread to the middle of the road. getThisCoalitionOut
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6:21pm Sat 22 Dec 12

deedles says...

Time to dig another reservoir!
This would fill up quickly and we can avoid a drought in the summer.
Time to dig another reservoir! This would fill up quickly and we can avoid a drought in the summer. deedles
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6:34pm Sun 23 Dec 12

hubby says...

Have you had a little rain there in Brighton?
23c here in Alicante today.
Have you had a little rain there in Brighton? 23c here in Alicante today. hubby
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10:06am Mon 24 Dec 12

plantwoman says...

So, we've just endured months of holdups and general mayhem on the A27 at Lancing whilst they do drainage work and for what? We've now got flooding on the eastbound carriageway and one lane is closed. Brilliant!

Well done all!!!
So, we've just endured months of holdups and general mayhem on the A27 at Lancing whilst they do drainage work and for what? We've now got flooding on the eastbound carriageway and one lane is closed. Brilliant! Well done all!!! plantwoman
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3:33pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Mayan Turkey says...

My mates a chicken and is devastated by this recent road flooding.


If he can't cross the road for any reason then he won't be paid by the firm that writes jokes for Christmas crackers.
My mates a chicken and is devastated by this recent road flooding. If he can't cross the road for any reason then he won't be paid by the firm that writes jokes for Christmas crackers. Mayan Turkey
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6:50pm Mon 24 Dec 12

sussexram40 says...

Mayan Turkey wrote:
My mates a chicken and is devastated by this recent road flooding.


If he can't cross the road for any reason then he won't be paid by the firm that writes jokes for Christmas crackers.
The flooding's good for a lot of birds though - ducks, swans etc.
Christmas isn't a good time for chickens. Quite a lot get a chicken instead of a turkey as they are smaller. Turkey is too big for 1 or 2 people. Better off with a frozen chicken.
[quote][p][bold]Mayan Turkey[/bold] wrote: My mates a chicken and is devastated by this recent road flooding. If he can't cross the road for any reason then he won't be paid by the firm that writes jokes for Christmas crackers.[/p][/quote]The flooding's good for a lot of birds though - ducks, swans etc. Christmas isn't a good time for chickens. Quite a lot get a chicken instead of a turkey as they are smaller. Turkey is too big for 1 or 2 people. Better off with a frozen chicken. sussexram40
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6:58pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

plantwoman is right. One lane closed east bound on the A27 at the Sussex Pad due to flooding along a stretch where the Highways Agency has just installed new drainage.
You can see the new drains inches deep in water. It never flooded this badly before the drainage work was carried out so what's wrong?
plantwoman is right. One lane closed east bound on the A27 at the Sussex Pad due to flooding along a stretch where the Highways Agency has just installed new drainage. You can see the new drains inches deep in water. It never flooded this badly before the drainage work was carried out so what's wrong? Maxwell's Ghost
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7:50pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Metro Reader says...

Even by the slow 5hit arfus standards this so called reporting is pathetic, breaking news that was last updated before noon on Christmas Eve. The one day you need upto date travel news and this rag can not be bothered.

Please Santa all I want for Christmas is a decent local newspaper.
Even by the slow 5hit arfus standards this so called reporting is pathetic, breaking news that was last updated before noon on Christmas Eve. The one day you need upto date travel news and this rag can not be bothered. Please Santa all I want for Christmas is a decent local newspaper. Metro Reader
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8:56pm Mon 24 Dec 12

sussexram40 says...

Same on the TV news though. It's Christmas Eve and most of the journalists have started their holidays.
Same on the TV news though. It's Christmas Eve and most of the journalists have started their holidays. sussexram40
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