Severe flooding in Shoreham after River Adur bursts its banks

The Argus: The floods hit Newhaven - pic by David Garland The floods hit Newhaven - pic by David Garland

Properties and businesses have been badly affected when floods hit a seaside town after a river burst its banks.

The River Adur submerged areas of Shoreham in the early hours of the morning after high tides caused the flash flooding.

Areas worst hit were Brighton Road and Ferry Road, and with another high tide expected this afternoon, the town could be in for more of the same.

Crew manager at Shoreham Community Fire Station Rod Gates said: “It all kicked off at about 12.30am when we were called to Brighton Road in Shoreham near the Sussex Yacht Club.

“When we were making our way to the affected area it became quite apparent that we wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near it because the River Adur had burst its banks.

“About ten to 15 properties had been severely affected by flood water as well as Sussex Yacht Club."

Surry Hard business park was also completely taken over by flood water so the fire crew had to request back-up which came from Hove Community Fire Station who sent two engines and Worthing Community Fire Station who supplied one.

Mr Gates added: “We were in the area for about three hours pumping water out and we were able to save three properties that would have been destroyed by the floods.

“So it’s not a lot, but at least it’s something.”

When they thought their work was done, fire fighters were alerted to a property the other side of the river.

Mr Gates said: “After finishing up there, we were called to the Waterside Inn on Ferry Road in Shoreham.

“The water had come all the way up Ferry Road and the pub bore the brunt of the floods.

“In the cellar, water was 1.2m deep and it became clear quite quickly that everything in there was completely destroyed.

“There were huge, heavy freezers floating about as well as all the stock – we were in there pumping that out until 6am.

“When we were driving back, we saw the lifeboat house on Kingston Lane, and that was surrounded by flood water too.

“I’ve lived here in Shoreham for 22 years and I’ve never seen the tide come in like that – it’s really quite shocking.

“We’re expecting another high tide at about 1pm, so we’re told by fishermen to expect the same sort of thing.”

Newhaven was also hit by floods at the same time, with Newhaven Town Railway Station being hit hardest, forcing it to close because the line was under water.

Watch manager at Newhaven Community Fire Station George Harrison said: “We were waking residents and told them to make sure they turn their electric off and selvedge anything they could by moving them upstairs.

“The water was lined up against people’s doors, but thankfully the water receded before any serious damage was caused.”

The floods kept staff at Shoreham Airport busy this morning too as they were forced to shift aircrafts and vehicles from standing water. 

The airport's official twitter feed said: "Airport has some flooding due to last nights tidal surge.

"Not expecting to open until 1100 while we check equipment."

Were you affected by the floods? Email gareth.davies@theargus.co.uk. 

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8:43am Fri 6 Dec 13

whoee! says...

Its lovely and dry where I am
Its lovely and dry where I am whoee!

9:07am Fri 6 Dec 13

Nobleox says...

If you have time to write sarcastic posts then may I suggest
you do something worthwhile to ease your boredom
like helping those not as fortunate as you?
If you have time to write sarcastic posts then may I suggest you do something worthwhile to ease your boredom like helping those not as fortunate as you? Nobleox

9:19am Fri 6 Dec 13

fredaj says...

That's a shame! Someone has removed the line about wet Ferraris and Porches at the car salesroom.
That's a shame! Someone has removed the line about wet Ferraris and Porches at the car salesroom. fredaj

9:48am Fri 6 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

Apparently the floods have caused over £2m of improvements...
Apparently the floods have caused over £2m of improvements... Goldenwight

9:49am Fri 6 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

whoee! wrote:
Its lovely and dry where I am
Where's that? The surface of the sun?
[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: Its lovely and dry where I am[/p][/quote]Where's that? The surface of the sun? The Prophet of Doom

11:03am Fri 6 Dec 13

Discombobulated says...

whoee! wrote:
Its lovely and dry where I am
Currently assessing thousands of pounds worth of damage and disruption to my office premises. As I'm a one man band small business, I'd like to offer my congratulations on your entirely hilarious, bang on the money comment.

Have you considered a career in comedy? because we're all rolling around here at your incredible wit.
[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: Its lovely and dry where I am[/p][/quote]Currently assessing thousands of pounds worth of damage and disruption to my office premises. As I'm a one man band small business, I'd like to offer my congratulations on your entirely hilarious, bang on the money comment. Have you considered a career in comedy? because we're all rolling around here at your incredible wit. Discombobulated

11:17am Fri 6 Dec 13

Crystal Ball says...

Discombobulated wrote:
whoee! wrote:
Its lovely and dry where I am
Currently assessing thousands of pounds worth of damage and disruption to my office premises. As I'm a one man band small business, I'd like to offer my congratulations on your entirely hilarious, bang on the money comment.

Have you considered a career in comedy? because we're all rolling around here at your incredible wit.
Agreed, they really are a Shining Wit...
[quote][p][bold]Discombobulated[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: Its lovely and dry where I am[/p][/quote]Currently assessing thousands of pounds worth of damage and disruption to my office premises. As I'm a one man band small business, I'd like to offer my congratulations on your entirely hilarious, bang on the money comment. Have you considered a career in comedy? because we're all rolling around here at your incredible wit.[/p][/quote]Agreed, they really are a Shining Wit... Crystal Ball

11:30am Fri 6 Dec 13

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

Me Gates has the name of the road wrong. The water came about 5 yards up an old slipway up 5 yards up Lower Beach Road, a high tide mark of flotsam & jetsam is there as proof..Ferry Road is a metre higher the other side of the Crossroad and unaffected. The only reason the Watersude pub cellar has been hit as it is off the pub garden which is sunk down lower than the top of the Riverbank. The water got nowhere near the ground floor of the pub, which as the name suggests is 10m from the waters edge.
It didn't even encroach the gardens of all the property's either side of the pub that have gardens backing onto the river..
So, no issue to any Shoreham Beach houses at all, which ain't quite what the article tries to portray with its inaccuracies
Me Gates has the name of the road wrong. The water came about 5 yards up an old slipway up 5 yards up Lower Beach Road, a high tide mark of flotsam & jetsam is there as proof..Ferry Road is a metre higher the other side of the Crossroad and unaffected. The only reason the Watersude pub cellar has been hit as it is off the pub garden which is sunk down lower than the top of the Riverbank. The water got nowhere near the ground floor of the pub, which as the name suggests is 10m from the waters edge. It didn't even encroach the gardens of all the property's either side of the pub that have gardens backing onto the river.. So, no issue to any Shoreham Beach houses at all, which ain't quite what the article tries to portray with its inaccuracies ShorehamBeachcomber

12:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

simps46 says...

whoee! wrote:
Its lovely and dry where I am
as i wrote yesterday : What does your village do for an idiot when you are away??
[quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: Its lovely and dry where I am[/p][/quote]as i wrote yesterday : What does your village do for an idiot when you are away?? simps46

12:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

fredaj says...

fredaj wrote:
That's a shame! Someone has removed the line about wet Ferraris and Porches at the car salesroom.
Lots of negatives. :-(

Me thinks people who did not see the original typo are missing the humour.
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: That's a shame! Someone has removed the line about wet Ferraris and Porches at the car salesroom.[/p][/quote]Lots of negatives. :-( Me thinks people who did not see the original typo are missing the humour. fredaj

7:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

biker brighton says...

amazing a bit water on road every few years and panic west way lancing twice a day in winter no one cares
amazing a bit water on road every few years and panic west way lancing twice a day in winter no one cares biker brighton

12:46am Sat 7 Dec 13

Sevensisters says...

My father ran a shop called Ferry Road Stores in the sixties. I renember the shop being flooded then too and the Argus ran the story.
My father ran a shop called Ferry Road Stores in the sixties. I renember the shop being flooded then too and the Argus ran the story. Sevensisters

5:52am Sat 7 Dec 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

The Newhaven picture is particularly relevant to the article about Shoreham!
The Newhaven picture is particularly relevant to the article about Shoreham! upsidedowntuctuc

10:36am Sat 7 Dec 13

kimo1 says...

Tous simplement votre infrastructure et dam very old that's all , go to china Africa India then u will understand the meaning of river and flood
Tous simplement votre infrastructure et dam very old that's all , go to china Africa India then u will understand the meaning of river and flood kimo1

8:53am Sun 8 Dec 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

Argus please proof read before printing.
The errors in this article are so many that it is obvious nobody who can read or spell has cast an eye over it.
You cannot and should not rely on computer spell checks.
Argus please proof read before printing. The errors in this article are so many that it is obvious nobody who can read or spell has cast an eye over it. You cannot and should not rely on computer spell checks. Old Ladys Gin

1:55pm Sun 8 Dec 13

qm says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Discombobulated wrote:
whoee! wrote:
Its lovely and dry where I am
Currently assessing thousands of pounds worth of damage and disruption to my office premises. As I'm a one man band small business, I'd like to offer my congratulations on your entirely hilarious, bang on the money comment.

Have you considered a career in comedy? because we're all rolling around here at your incredible wit.
Agreed, they really are a Shining Wit...
That is merely aspiration - unfortunately only half-right!
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Discombobulated[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whoee![/bold] wrote: Its lovely and dry where I am[/p][/quote]Currently assessing thousands of pounds worth of damage and disruption to my office premises. As I'm a one man band small business, I'd like to offer my congratulations on your entirely hilarious, bang on the money comment. Have you considered a career in comedy? because we're all rolling around here at your incredible wit.[/p][/quote]Agreed, they really are a Shining Wit...[/p][/quote]That is merely aspiration - unfortunately only half-right! qm

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