UPDATE: Hundreds still without power and more flooding as weather chaos hits Sussex again

The Argus: UPDATE: Hundreds still without power and more flooding as weather chaos hits Sussex again UPDATE: Hundreds still without power and more flooding as weather chaos hits Sussex again

Hundreds are still without power as more wild weather hit Sussex overnight.

The latest bout of heavy rain and wind led to more flooding across the county.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for severe rain across the area until 9pm tonight.

Nearly 900 people woke up this morning to no electricity after the damage done to power lines after Monday night’s storm.


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UK Power Networks said it was moving engineers from the east of England to the south to help work on fixing power lines for those still affected.

A spokesman said: “Engineers and tree cutters are clearing and repairing the lines – hard work and time-consuming, but good progress is being made. They are working from job-to-job, targeting larger jobs first where many customers are affected.”

As a gesture of goodwill UK Power Networks has decided to boost the industry standard payment from £27 to £75 for customers who are without power for 48-60 hours including Christmas Day, and additional payments will be made to any customers off supply for longer.

Flights are operating as normal from London Gatwick’s North and South terminals following the further rainfall and high winds overnight.

A spokesman said: “We have additional teams of engineers, electrical staff and volunteers at the airport to minimise the risk of disruption from potential further flooding.

“Contingency plans have also already been put in place to minimise the risk of potential flooding following disruption earlier this week.

“Due to high winds causing disruption at some Irish and domestic airports, we advise passengers flying to these destinations to check with their airlines before travelling. Information is also available at www.gatwickairport.com and via our Twitter feed @Gatwick_Airport.”

The Environment Agency still has three flood warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected, in Sussex at the River Arun in Amberley, Barcombe Mills, and Hellingly and Horsebridge.

There are further flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, at the Cuckmere, Rother and Ouse rivers.

A spokesman said: “There will be ongoing disruption across the south of England, particularly the south east – such as along the River Medway and the Kentish Stour around Ashford and Canterbury.

People are urged to prepare for flooding, listen to the advice of emergency services and stay tuned to local radio stations for the latest information.”

Prime Minister David Cameron praised flood workers through his Twitter account.

He Tweeted: "An enormous thank you to the @EnvAgency and emergency services who are doing an amazing job with the floods and extreme weather."

The storm is expected to cause fresh travel problems for airlines, train operators and bus companies as well as for drivers returning to work or home following the Christmas break.

Network Rail advises that routes will need to be checked at first light and tracks will need to be cleared of any fallen trees and any damage will need repaired before train services can start.

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11:26am Fri 27 Dec 13

Farouche says...

Hee hee! "900 woke up to no electricity this morning!"

I didn't!

Snug as a bug...
Hee hee! "900 woke up to no electricity this morning!" I didn't! Snug as a bug... Farouche

12:06pm Fri 27 Dec 13

MICKY389 says...

Oh dear me Farouche, grow up.
Oh dear me Farouche, grow up. MICKY389

12:39pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Ambo Guy says...

Farouche wrote:
Hee hee! "900 woke up to no electricity this morning!"

I didn't!

Snug as a bug...
You want to work on your trolling technique - that was rubbish.

It wasn't exactly the most controversial or inflammatory remark ever made.
[quote][p][bold]Farouche[/bold] wrote: Hee hee! "900 woke up to no electricity this morning!" I didn't! Snug as a bug...[/p][/quote]You want to work on your trolling technique - that was rubbish. It wasn't exactly the most controversial or inflammatory remark ever made. Ambo Guy

3:01pm Fri 27 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Ho, ho, ho. It's sunny, 19 degrees C, with gusts of up to 11mph where I'm spending Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the wind and rain you bunch of ****.
Ho, ho, ho. It's sunny, 19 degrees C, with gusts of up to 11mph where I'm spending Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the wind and rain you bunch of ****. PorkBoat

5:14pm Fri 27 Dec 13

ourcoalition says...

These are the "caring people" of the City who often "slag off" the Greens and the Council, and want someone else to take over.

Presumably, Genghis Khan, or someone similar!!!
These are the "caring people" of the City who often "slag off" the Greens and the Council, and want someone else to take over. Presumably, Genghis Khan, or someone similar!!! ourcoalition

5:37pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Ambo Guy says...

PorkBoat wrote:
Ho, ho, ho. It's sunny, 19 degrees C, with gusts of up to 11mph where I'm spending Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the wind and rain you bunch of ****.
Aren't you the t**t that's always banging on about Fracking and is anti this and anti that.

Good to see what the average protester thinks of the people around Sussex suffering right now.
[quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: Ho, ho, ho. It's sunny, 19 degrees C, with gusts of up to 11mph where I'm spending Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the wind and rain you bunch of ****.[/p][/quote]Aren't you the t**t that's always banging on about Fracking and is anti this and anti that. Good to see what the average protester thinks of the people around Sussex suffering right now. Ambo Guy

9:12pm Fri 27 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
PorkBoat wrote:
Ho, ho, ho. It's sunny, 19 degrees C, with gusts of up to 11mph where I'm spending Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the wind and rain you bunch of ****.
Aren't you the t**t that's always banging on about Fracking and is anti this and anti that.

Good to see what the average protester thinks of the people around Sussex suffering right now.
If you were capable of evolving upwards to anywhere approaching my intellectual level, you might begin to understand why I am "anti this and anti that". But as you won't live to be over a billion years old, you will forever remain a clueless c*nt, wallowing in your own ignorance. The sad thing is, you don't even realise it, and never will. Happy New Year, sh*t for brains.
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: Ho, ho, ho. It's sunny, 19 degrees C, with gusts of up to 11mph where I'm spending Christmas and New Year. Enjoy the wind and rain you bunch of ****.[/p][/quote]Aren't you the t**t that's always banging on about Fracking and is anti this and anti that. Good to see what the average protester thinks of the people around Sussex suffering right now.[/p][/quote]If you were capable of evolving upwards to anywhere approaching my intellectual level, you might begin to understand why I am "anti this and anti that". But as you won't live to be over a billion years old, you will forever remain a clueless c*nt, wallowing in your own ignorance. The sad thing is, you don't even realise it, and never will. Happy New Year, sh*t for brains. PorkBoat

9:26pm Fri 27 Dec 13

alice1 says...

Farouche wrote:
Hee hee! "900 woke up to no electricity this morning!"

I didn't!

Snug as a bug...
FAROUCHE and PORKBOAT did you put your brain into gear When you wrote your stupid comments you pair of brainless twits NO
Did you think of the dear children who were waiting for Father Christmas at the most magical time of the year NO
Did you think about any of them being cold and hungry NO

This year has been spoilt for them and the parents and all you can do is snigger and make snide remarks

you discussed me
[quote][p][bold]Farouche[/bold] wrote: Hee hee! "900 woke up to no electricity this morning!" I didn't! Snug as a bug...[/p][/quote]FAROUCHE and PORKBOAT did you put your brain into gear When you wrote your stupid comments you pair of brainless twits NO Did you think of the dear children who were waiting for Father Christmas at the most magical time of the year NO Did you think about any of them being cold and hungry NO This year has been spoilt for them and the parents and all you can do is snigger and make snide remarks you discussed me alice1

9:37pm Fri 27 Dec 13

angrymonkey says...

PorkBoat you are a silly Tw*t now shut up and go away.
PorkBoat you are a silly Tw*t now shut up and go away. angrymonkey

12:29pm Sat 28 Dec 13

PetertheGrate says...

angrymonkey wrote:
PorkBoat you are a silly Tw*t now shut up and go away.
as far as possible
[quote][p][bold]angrymonkey[/bold] wrote: PorkBoat you are a silly Tw*t now shut up and go away.[/p][/quote]as far as possible PetertheGrate

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