WEATHER UPDATE: Public warned to stay away from seafront with severe flooding expected

The Argus: Public warned to stay away from seafront with severe flooding expected Public warned to stay away from seafront with severe flooding expected

The public are being warned to stay away from the coastline with high tides and strong winds posing a danger to life.

As of 7.30am the Environment Agency (EA) had issued 19 flood warnings and 90 flood alerts in the South East.

Shoreham Harbour is expected to be at particular risk with high tide due at 12.15pm.

An EA alert warned of tidal waters reaching the nearby Sussex Yacht Club, Riverside Business Centre, A259 Brighton Road, Ferry Road and land at Shoreham Airport.

The coastal areas around Littlehampton and Sidlesham are also expected to see severe flooding.


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An agency spokesman said the combination of high tides, strong winds and heavy rain would combine to produce a dangerous cocktail.

He added “Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.

“We are monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities. We also have teams out on the ground making sure that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood alerts and warnings.”

A number of areas are already underwater this morning. Heavy rain caused extensive flooding near Alfriston while fields were submerged outside Offham near Lewes.

In Brighton high winds closed St Luke’s Swimming Pool in St Luke’s Terrace.

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council added that due to recent storms the beach had changed shape leaving some areas extremely steep and dangerous to walk close to the water's edge.

She urged people to stay well away and to be extra vigilant of young children, holding their hands, and also keeping dogs on leads.

The Big Beach Cafe at Hove Lagoon also said they had been told to close for the day.

Elsewhere the A29 has been closed this morning at Pulborough and Bognor due to flooding.

For all the latest check www.theargus.co.uk

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9:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

Terry K says...

The expected mass flooding at Devon and Cornwall has't happened, many of these warnings are designed to stop idiots being swept out to sea, meanwhile sane people get inaccurate exaggerated forecasts.
The expected mass flooding at Devon and Cornwall has't happened, many of these warnings are designed to stop idiots being swept out to sea, meanwhile sane people get inaccurate exaggerated forecasts. Terry K

9:50am Fri 3 Jan 14

P.Dant says...

Get down to the seafront,everyone.It
`s all happening.
Get down to the seafront,everyone.It `s all happening. P.Dant

10:04am Fri 3 Jan 14

Mel Shock says...

Would you rather no one was warned and people got flooded ? or give people notice to prepare and be thankful that they escaped the damage and stress ?

I would rather the warning to prepare thank you. And parts of Cornwall have flooded.
Would you rather no one was warned and people got flooded ? or give people notice to prepare and be thankful that they escaped the damage and stress ? I would rather the warning to prepare thank you. And parts of Cornwall have flooded. Mel Shock

10:42am Fri 3 Jan 14

Crystal Ball says...

Don't stop people and just let Natural Selection take place.
Don't stop people and just let Natural Selection take place. Crystal Ball

2:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

thelieshurts says...

Public warned to stay away from seafront, yet Brighton pier is open, a structure built in the sea. Even though it's been there over a 100 yrs, nothing should be taken for granted.
Worthing have shut theirs for duration of the bad weather according to Argus.
Public warned to stay away from seafront, yet Brighton pier is open, a structure built in the sea. Even though it's been there over a 100 yrs, nothing should be taken for granted. Worthing have shut theirs for duration of the bad weather according to Argus. thelieshurts

6:55pm Fri 3 Jan 14

YInsider says...

Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk YInsider

7:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

YInsider wrote:
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe

environmentagency.co

.uk
OK Yinsider, I suppose someone is going to take the bait eventually, so it might as well be me. Why did the Environment Agency sack you - did you shag your female boss at a Christmas party?
[quote][p][bold]YInsider[/bold] wrote: Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk[/p][/quote]OK Yinsider, I suppose someone is going to take the bait eventually, so it might as well be me. Why did the Environment Agency sack you - did you shag your female boss at a Christmas party? Roundbill

7:28pm Fri 3 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

YInsider wrote:
Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe

environmentagency.co

.uk
nobody cares
[quote][p][bold]YInsider[/bold] wrote: Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk[/p][/quote]nobody cares All 9 of me

9:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

csiiscool says...

RE your news about http://www.worthingh
erald.co.uk/news/top
-stories/waves-headi
ng-for-worthing-seaf
ront-1-5785029, DO YOU LISTEN TO THE POLICE, ENVIROMENT AGENCY & COAST GUARDS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE SEAFROUNT AND COASTLINE FOR YOU SAFETY AS THERE HIGH RISK YOU BE WASHED OUT IN THE SEA DUE TO HIGH TIDE + SEA SUGRE +THE STROM RESULTING RISK OF LIFE DUE TO DANDEROUS SEA, IF PEOPLE SEEING YOU DOING THIS SILLY THING, THEY COULD THINK THEY WILL BE SAFE RESULTING THEY COULD BE ONE OF THE UNLUCKY ONES AND GET BADLY HURT IE NEVER ABLE TO WALK AGAIN OR EVEN WORST KILLED. So what will you do if any of the PUBLIC OF ANY AGE (CHILDREN TO ADULT AGE) do this by copying YOU and get hurt or killed,it seem like you do not care about people that work for you or get news for as long you get the news for you paper
RE your news about http://www.worthingh erald.co.uk/news/top -stories/waves-headi ng-for-worthing-seaf ront-1-5785029, DO YOU LISTEN TO THE POLICE, ENVIROMENT AGENCY & COAST GUARDS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE SEAFROUNT AND COASTLINE FOR YOU SAFETY AS THERE HIGH RISK YOU BE WASHED OUT IN THE SEA DUE TO HIGH TIDE + SEA SUGRE +THE STROM RESULTING RISK OF LIFE DUE TO DANDEROUS SEA, IF PEOPLE SEEING YOU DOING THIS SILLY THING, THEY COULD THINK THEY WILL BE SAFE RESULTING THEY COULD BE ONE OF THE UNLUCKY ONES AND GET BADLY HURT IE NEVER ABLE TO WALK AGAIN OR EVEN WORST KILLED. So what will you do if any of the PUBLIC OF ANY AGE (CHILDREN TO ADULT AGE) do this by copying YOU and get hurt or killed,it seem like you do not care about people that work for you or get news for as long you get the news for you paper csiiscool

11:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

hubby says...

Is the West Pier open yet ?
I'm off to the Banjo Groyne for a skinny dip.
Is the West Pier open yet ? I'm off to the Banjo Groyne for a skinny dip. hubby

1:20pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

csiiscool wrote:
RE your news about http://www.worthingh

erald.co.uk/news/top

-stories/waves-headi

ng-for-worthing-seaf

ront-1-5785029, DO YOU LISTEN TO THE POLICE, ENVIROMENT AGENCY & COAST GUARDS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE SEAFROUNT AND COASTLINE FOR YOU SAFETY AS THERE HIGH RISK YOU BE WASHED OUT IN THE SEA DUE TO HIGH TIDE + SEA SUGRE +THE STROM RESULTING RISK OF LIFE DUE TO DANDEROUS SEA, IF PEOPLE SEEING YOU DOING THIS SILLY THING, THEY COULD THINK THEY WILL BE SAFE RESULTING THEY COULD BE ONE OF THE UNLUCKY ONES AND GET BADLY HURT IE NEVER ABLE TO WALK AGAIN OR EVEN WORST KILLED. So what will you do if any of the PUBLIC OF ANY AGE (CHILDREN TO ADULT AGE) do this by copying YOU and get hurt or killed,it seem like you do not care about people that work for you or get news for as long you get the news for you paper
I read this with a hangover. Now I need to go back to bed.
[quote][p][bold]csiiscool[/bold] wrote: RE your news about http://www.worthingh erald.co.uk/news/top -stories/waves-headi ng-for-worthing-seaf ront-1-5785029, DO YOU LISTEN TO THE POLICE, ENVIROMENT AGENCY & COAST GUARDS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE SEAFROUNT AND COASTLINE FOR YOU SAFETY AS THERE HIGH RISK YOU BE WASHED OUT IN THE SEA DUE TO HIGH TIDE + SEA SUGRE +THE STROM RESULTING RISK OF LIFE DUE TO DANDEROUS SEA, IF PEOPLE SEEING YOU DOING THIS SILLY THING, THEY COULD THINK THEY WILL BE SAFE RESULTING THEY COULD BE ONE OF THE UNLUCKY ONES AND GET BADLY HURT IE NEVER ABLE TO WALK AGAIN OR EVEN WORST KILLED. So what will you do if any of the PUBLIC OF ANY AGE (CHILDREN TO ADULT AGE) do this by copying YOU and get hurt or killed,it seem like you do not care about people that work for you or get news for as long you get the news for you paper[/p][/quote]I read this with a hangover. Now I need to go back to bed. Roundbill

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