Big tailbacks on A27 near Falmer due to flooding

Big tailbacks on A27 near Falmer due to flooding

Big tailbacks on A27 near Falmer due to flooding

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Motorists are facing lenghty queues eastbound along the A27 due to flooding.

One lane has had to be closed between Falmer and Kingston Roundabout due to flooding following the recent heavy rain.

It has resulted in long tailbacks.

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3:06pm Sun 16 Feb 14

John Steed says...

it were flooded last night and i happily enjoyed going through it at reasonable speed, great fun
it were flooded last night and i happily enjoyed going through it at reasonable speed, great fun John Steed
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Indigatio says...

More worrying perhaps is that the A27 at Lancing between Sussex Pad and Manor Roundabout is reported to be down to one lane due to flooding. The same stretch of road that was subject to restrictions for many months whilst roadworks were carried out to stop the road being flooded. Looks like it was all a waste of time and money.
Let the blame game begin with no one being held responsible.
More worrying perhaps is that the A27 at Lancing between Sussex Pad and Manor Roundabout is reported to be down to one lane due to flooding. The same stretch of road that was subject to restrictions for many months whilst roadworks were carried out to stop the road being flooded. Looks like it was all a waste of time and money. Let the blame game begin with no one being held responsible. Indigatio
  • Score: 15

5:13pm Sun 16 Feb 14

fredaj says...

Indigatio wrote:
More worrying perhaps is that the A27 at Lancing between Sussex Pad and Manor Roundabout is reported to be down to one lane due to flooding. The same stretch of road that was subject to restrictions for many months whilst roadworks were carried out to stop the road being flooded. Looks like it was all a waste of time and money.
Let the blame game begin with no one being held responsible.
But what would it have been like if the work hadn't been carried out?
[quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: More worrying perhaps is that the A27 at Lancing between Sussex Pad and Manor Roundabout is reported to be down to one lane due to flooding. The same stretch of road that was subject to restrictions for many months whilst roadworks were carried out to stop the road being flooded. Looks like it was all a waste of time and money. Let the blame game begin with no one being held responsible.[/p][/quote]But what would it have been like if the work hadn't been carried out? fredaj
  • Score: -3

5:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Indigatio says...

fredaj wrote:
Indigatio wrote:
More worrying perhaps is that the A27 at Lancing between Sussex Pad and Manor Roundabout is reported to be down to one lane due to flooding. The same stretch of road that was subject to restrictions for many months whilst roadworks were carried out to stop the road being flooded. Looks like it was all a waste of time and money.
Let the blame game begin with no one being held responsible.
But what would it have been like if the work hadn't been carried out?
Valid comment but if it is flooded again they haven't done a very good job in trying to sort the problem out, have they?
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: More worrying perhaps is that the A27 at Lancing between Sussex Pad and Manor Roundabout is reported to be down to one lane due to flooding. The same stretch of road that was subject to restrictions for many months whilst roadworks were carried out to stop the road being flooded. Looks like it was all a waste of time and money. Let the blame game begin with no one being held responsible.[/p][/quote]But what would it have been like if the work hadn't been carried out?[/p][/quote]Valid comment but if it is flooded again they haven't done a very good job in trying to sort the problem out, have they? Indigatio
  • Score: 10

6:04pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Bill in Hanover says...

John Steed wrote:
it were flooded last night and i happily enjoyed going through it at reasonable speed, great fun
There was a flood to a depth of about 4 inches near Drusilla's on the A27 on Friday and it caused tailbacks to Selmeston, drivers are scared witless of any adverse weather and seem incapable of coping.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: it were flooded last night and i happily enjoyed going through it at reasonable speed, great fun[/p][/quote]There was a flood to a depth of about 4 inches near Drusilla's on the A27 on Friday and it caused tailbacks to Selmeston, drivers are scared witless of any adverse weather and seem incapable of coping. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Worthingresident says...

I was on my way to Birling Gap at 12.30 and got caught up in the tailback from Stanmer Park to the Ashcombe / Kingston roundabout and after 40 mins of slow moving I couldn't believe what I saw!!!! A small Puddle of water at the side of the road with a few cones round it and a yellow van sitting there.
I couldn't see a pump or any men working there.
In the last couple of months we've all driven through puddles much worse than this. In my opinion this was unnecessary today when the volume of traffic would be high due to the calm weather and motorists bypassing Brighton seafront due to the Half Marathon.
It was still on the travel news hours later so the inside lane obviously was still closed.
I was on my way to Birling Gap at 12.30 and got caught up in the tailback from Stanmer Park to the Ashcombe / Kingston roundabout and after 40 mins of slow moving I couldn't believe what I saw!!!! A small Puddle of water at the side of the road with a few cones round it and a yellow van sitting there. I couldn't see a pump or any men working there. In the last couple of months we've all driven through puddles much worse than this. In my opinion this was unnecessary today when the volume of traffic would be high due to the calm weather and motorists bypassing Brighton seafront due to the Half Marathon. It was still on the travel news hours later so the inside lane obviously was still closed. Worthingresident
  • Score: 6

6:58pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Roundbill says...

Am I the only person to notice that this article was written in Haiku form?
Am I the only person to notice that this article was written in Haiku form? Roundbill
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

rolivan says...

The chalk has reached saturation point and the water is pouring out as it normally does at the 2points mentioned.It would take a huge stormwater drains like they have installed along the seafront to take away the amount of rainfall that the downs has received since Christmas.
The chalk has reached saturation point and the water is pouring out as it normally does at the 2points mentioned.It would take a huge stormwater drains like they have installed along the seafront to take away the amount of rainfall that the downs has received since Christmas. rolivan
  • Score: 3

8:13pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Indigatio says...

rolivan wrote:
The chalk has reached saturation point and the water is pouring out as it normally does at the 2points mentioned.It would take a huge stormwater drains like they have installed along the seafront to take away the amount of rainfall that the downs has received since Christmas.
Thanks Rolivan. I can understand the issues now.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: The chalk has reached saturation point and the water is pouring out as it normally does at the 2points mentioned.It would take a huge stormwater drains like they have installed along the seafront to take away the amount of rainfall that the downs has received since Christmas.[/p][/quote]Thanks Rolivan. I can understand the issues now. Indigatio
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Sun 16 Feb 14

twonk says...

Is this at Newmarket and not Falmer at all?
Is this at Newmarket and not Falmer at all? twonk
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Sun 16 Feb 14

ourcoalition says...

It will be the Winterbourne - when groundwater reaches a certain level the pumping station cannot cope (400 yards down the road from the Newmarket), as it can rise as far up as the closed garage - I remember it flooding the gardens of the houses in the 1960's - many, behind the trees are built on a raised bank, for just that reason.
It will be the Winterbourne - when groundwater reaches a certain level the pumping station cannot cope (400 yards down the road from the Newmarket), as it can rise as far up as the closed garage - I remember it flooding the gardens of the houses in the 1960's - many, behind the trees are built on a raised bank, for just that reason. ourcoalition
  • Score: 4

9:57am Mon 17 Feb 14

spa301 says...

Grinstead Lane in Lancing, heading South, has been closed since Friday due to 'flooding'. I drove North up it Friday evening and whilst there is a covering of water it was maybe 3 to 4 inches deep at its worst! Hardly a serious hazard if the speed is kept appropriate.
This morning it was still closed but no sign of water!! What is it with the highway agency? There is no reason for having this road still closed during rush hour.
Grinstead Lane in Lancing, heading South, has been closed since Friday due to 'flooding'. I drove North up it Friday evening and whilst there is a covering of water it was maybe 3 to 4 inches deep at its worst! Hardly a serious hazard if the speed is kept appropriate. This morning it was still closed but no sign of water!! What is it with the highway agency? There is no reason for having this road still closed during rush hour. spa301
  • Score: 3

6:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Can this be says...

ourcoalition wrote:
It will be the Winterbourne - when groundwater reaches a certain level the pumping station cannot cope (400 yards down the road from the Newmarket), as it can rise as far up as the closed garage - I remember it flooding the gardens of the houses in the 1960's - many, behind the trees are built on a raised bank, for just that reason.
The Southern Water works near to the Newmarket pub is for water supply, i.e. it abstracts water from the chalk aquifer to put into the public water supply. It is not a question of it not being able to cope.

It has a beneficial effect by taking out water which would otherwise raise the groundwater, with more springs breaking out and the Winterbourne Stream even higher causing deeper flooding. No doubt it has been suggested that the Newmarket works could pump even more than is required for the public water supply, but where would you put it?

It is important that Southern Water's water supply works along this part of the Lewes Road and the Winterbourne Valley keep going. Otherwise the flooding would be worse.
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: It will be the Winterbourne - when groundwater reaches a certain level the pumping station cannot cope (400 yards down the road from the Newmarket), as it can rise as far up as the closed garage - I remember it flooding the gardens of the houses in the 1960's - many, behind the trees are built on a raised bank, for just that reason.[/p][/quote]The Southern Water works near to the Newmarket pub is for water supply, i.e. it abstracts water from the chalk aquifer to put into the public water supply. It is not a question of it not being able to cope. It has a beneficial effect by taking out water which would otherwise raise the groundwater, with more springs breaking out and the Winterbourne Stream even higher causing deeper flooding. No doubt it has been suggested that the Newmarket works could pump even more than is required for the public water supply, but where would you put it? It is important that Southern Water's water supply works along this part of the Lewes Road and the Winterbourne Valley keep going. Otherwise the flooding would be worse. Can this be
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