Flooding causes traffic chaos across Sussex

The Argus: DELUGE: Uckfield High Street is underwater this afternoon. Picture by Mike Harvey-Penton DELUGE: Uckfield High Street is underwater this afternoon. Picture by Mike Harvey-Penton

Flash flooding is causing travel chaos across Sussex this afternoon.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue have received reports from members of the public that cars are floating in the excessive rainwater in Uckfield.

The high street there is also blocked with water levels reaching car bumpers. Firefighters are pumping water out of the Cock and Bull pub and staff at the St James's and St Paul's Hospice charity shop told The Argus the water has ruined much of its stock.

Both Southern and First Capital Connect services are running with delays of up to 50 minutes after flooding at Haywards Heath.

Both lines through Haywards Heath are open, but the northbound one is subject to a 20mph speed limit.

First Capital Connect is terminating some trains at Gatwick, and its tickets are being accepted on Southern and local bus services.

Southern is also running rail replacement buses from Brighton to Haywards Heath.

Surface water on the M25 is causing heavy delays between Junction 6 (A22) and Junction 7 (M23).

And the A27 is partially blocked following an accident at the A26 Southerham Roundabout at Lewes.

Storms are currently hitting Lewes, Chichester and Heathfield and Brighton.

In Bognor, Mark Holland said a downpour at about 4pm had flattened his lavender.

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Are you caught up in the chaos? Let us know how the rain is affecting your journey, or email your flooding pictures to picture.desk@theargus.co.uk

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4:14pm Wed 4 Aug 10

adorable says...

What rain..............
What rain.............. adorable

4:26pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Dwayno says...

Makes a change from Snow.....
Makes a change from Snow..... Dwayno

4:49pm Wed 4 Aug 10

leobrighton says...

oh no not the lavender!
oh no not the lavender! leobrighton

4:56pm Wed 4 Aug 10

John Steed says...

the A27 between arundle and tangmere was hit by a deluge of torrential rain reducing visibility to about 20 feet (6 metres) within 5 minutes the rain was gone completely and the reoads were free of water other than the odd puddle, no accidents occured
lightning continued for another 10 mins 15.50hrs
the A27 between arundle and tangmere was hit by a deluge of torrential rain reducing visibility to about 20 feet (6 metres) within 5 minutes the rain was gone completely and the reoads were free of water other than the odd puddle, no accidents occured lightning continued for another 10 mins 15.50hrs John Steed

6:06pm Wed 4 Aug 10

pun master says...

John Steed wrote:
the A27 between arundle and tangmere was hit by a deluge of torrential rain reducing visibility to about 20 feet (6 metres) within 5 minutes the rain was gone completely and the reoads were free of water other than the odd puddle, no accidents occured lightning continued for another 10 mins 15.50hrs
Right, but so what? Like Leo said, what about the LAVENDER! **** YOU RAIN! **** YOU! Lets get the best plant minds we can together - call Kew; call Wisley, lets muck in torestore the lavender... Hang on. I'm on holiday in France. And I have lavender in my Eastbourne house... Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Come on Argus - standards AGAIN...
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: the A27 between arundle and tangmere was hit by a deluge of torrential rain reducing visibility to about 20 feet (6 metres) within 5 minutes the rain was gone completely and the reoads were free of water other than the odd puddle, no accidents occured lightning continued for another 10 mins 15.50hrs[/p][/quote]Right, but so what? Like Leo said, what about the LAVENDER! **** YOU RAIN! **** YOU! Lets get the best plant minds we can together - call Kew; call Wisley, lets muck in torestore the lavender... Hang on. I'm on holiday in France. And I have lavender in my Eastbourne house... Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Argus - standards AGAIN... pun master

6:33pm Wed 4 Aug 10

bladebot says...

"Storms are currently hitting Lewes, Chichester and Heathfield and Brighton."

Storms? It was just a bit of rain, heavy albeit at about 16:30 and only lasted 15 minutes, sheesh.
"Storms are currently hitting Lewes, Chichester and Heathfield and Brighton." Storms? It was just a bit of rain, heavy albeit at about 16:30 and only lasted 15 minutes, sheesh. bladebot

6:35pm Wed 4 Aug 10

acoustic says...

The Co-Op roof has collapsed in Heathfield. So much for flat roofs in the British summer!
The Co-Op roof has collapsed in Heathfield. So much for flat roofs in the British summer! acoustic

6:45pm Wed 4 Aug 10

tombraider59 says...

We didn't get very much rain in Sompting, I'm sad to say because my Lavender is thirsty!!
We didn't get very much rain in Sompting, I'm sad to say because my Lavender is thirsty!! tombraider59

6:50pm Wed 4 Aug 10

sussexram40 says...

Shame about that man's lavender getting flattened. Let's hope it recovers. I trust the Argus will publish a follow up story letting us know how it's getting. Maybe they can send a photographer down to get a picture?
Shame about that man's lavender getting flattened. Let's hope it recovers. I trust the Argus will publish a follow up story letting us know how it's getting. Maybe they can send a photographer down to get a picture? sussexram40

7:45pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Charismatic Andrew says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Shame about that man's lavender getting flattened. Let's hope it recovers. I trust the Argus will publish a follow up story letting us know how it's getting. Maybe they can send a photographer down to get a picture?
Never mind the Argus. When the Nationals pick up on it we won't hear the last of it.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Shame about that man's lavender getting flattened. Let's hope it recovers. I trust the Argus will publish a follow up story letting us know how it's getting. Maybe they can send a photographer down to get a picture?[/p][/quote]Never mind the Argus. When the Nationals pick up on it we won't hear the last of it. Charismatic Andrew

8:02pm Wed 4 Aug 10

*jo* says...

never mind the lavender. what about my hair???!!!
never mind the lavender. what about my hair???!!! *jo*

8:14pm Wed 4 Aug 10

miss cookie mumble says...

wonder if david cameron will now help those hit by the floods in the uk?????
wonder if david cameron will now help those hit by the floods in the uk????? miss cookie mumble

8:41pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Christophe Hawtree says...

I have just been into the garden and I am sure that the world's media will be glad to hear that my rosemary is all right, perhaps because it has become rather covered by the raspberries and the tomatoes (which have also survived). But the really vital question is: what is the best way to ensure a good crop of basil? It can be as hard as parsley to get beyond the first stages.

All this talk of storms puzzled me, but then perhaps the Downs protect Hove and Brighton from nature's worst (if not from a certain local authority's violent nature).
I have just been into the garden and I am sure that the world's media will be glad to hear that my rosemary is all right, perhaps because it has become rather covered by the raspberries and the tomatoes (which have also survived). But the really vital question is: what is the best way to ensure a good crop of basil? It can be as hard as parsley to get beyond the first stages. All this talk of storms puzzled me, but then perhaps the Downs protect Hove and Brighton from nature's worst (if not from a certain local authority's violent nature). Christophe Hawtree

8:58pm Wed 4 Aug 10

the taffster says...

theres not an awful lot to do in bognor.assessing your lavender crop whiles away some time.believe me its not the hub of activity.
theres not an awful lot to do in bognor.assessing your lavender crop whiles away some time.believe me its not the hub of activity. the taffster

9:32pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Charismatic Andrew says...

Never mind the lavender. My wife was out sunbathing in the garden and her bush has been totally flattened.
Never mind the lavender. My wife was out sunbathing in the garden and her bush has been totally flattened. Charismatic Andrew

10:05pm Wed 4 Aug 10

John Steed says...

Charismatic Andrew wrote:
Never mind the lavender. My wife was out sunbathing in the garden and her bush has been totally flattened.
should have done some pruning while the going was good.
still red sky at night and all that
[quote][p][bold]Charismatic Andrew[/bold] wrote: Never mind the lavender. My wife was out sunbathing in the garden and her bush has been totally flattened.[/p][/quote]should have done some pruning while the going was good. still red sky at night and all that John Steed

11:24pm Wed 4 Aug 10

southwicker says...

I missed it all guttin was in
London the train even got me directly back to shoreham no
probs ... Shame about mark in bognors lavender though hope it springs back up soon x
I missed it all guttin was in London the train even got me directly back to shoreham no probs ... Shame about mark in bognors lavender though hope it springs back up soon x southwicker

12:15am Thu 5 Aug 10

Valerie Paynter says...

A bit of misty spritzing from the clouds was our lot near Hove Station. Lavender flattened here too: wilted.
A bit of misty spritzing from the clouds was our lot near Hove Station. Lavender flattened here too: wilted. Valerie Paynter

12:20am Thu 5 Aug 10

bertnz says...

Oh super, No hose pipe ban !
Oh super, No hose pipe ban ! bertnz

7:13am Thu 5 Aug 10

Everest says...

Wha about reporting that the rain washed away the poop a bird left on my car?
Wha about reporting that the rain washed away the poop a bird left on my car? Everest

7:13am Thu 5 Aug 10

Everest says...

What about reporting that the rain washed away the poop a bird left on my car?
What about reporting that the rain washed away the poop a bird left on my car? Everest

7:58am Thu 5 Aug 10

Tye says...

adorable wrote:
What rain..............
So what are you saying?

Its not raining anywhere, you don't care if other people are suffering after havig their homes flooded or are you complaining that the argus is not targetting you and only you as it sole reader?
[quote][p][bold]adorable[/bold] wrote: What rain..............[/p][/quote]So what are you saying? Its not raining anywhere, you don't care if other people are suffering after havig their homes flooded or are you complaining that the argus is not targetting you and only you as it sole reader? Tye

9:02am Thu 5 Aug 10

Made In Sussex says...

Hmmm! It only takes 5 minutes of heavy rain in the Lewes area and two crashes just after the westbound A27\Southerham roundabout. Then another crash just before eastbound hollingbury exit. Fortunatley I avoided them but many didnt..name and shame the stupid muppets involved..
Hmmm! It only takes 5 minutes of heavy rain in the Lewes area and two crashes just after the westbound A27\Southerham roundabout. Then another crash just before eastbound hollingbury exit. Fortunatley I avoided them but many didnt..name and shame the stupid muppets involved.. Made In Sussex

12:34pm Thu 5 Aug 10

Wiggsy says...

Tye wrote:
adorable wrote: What rain..............
So what are you saying? Its not raining anywhere, you don't care if other people are suffering after havig their homes flooded or are you complaining that the argus is not targetting you and only you as it sole reader?
Or was perhaps just being ironic?
[quote][p][bold]Tye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adorable[/bold] wrote: What rain..............[/p][/quote]So what are you saying? Its not raining anywhere, you don't care if other people are suffering after havig their homes flooded or are you complaining that the argus is not targetting you and only you as it sole reader?[/p][/quote]Or was perhaps just being ironic? Wiggsy

1:32pm Thu 5 Aug 10

*jo* says...

Made In Sussex wrote:
Hmmm! It only takes 5 minutes of heavy rain in the Lewes area and two crashes just after the westbound A27\Southerham roundabout. Then another crash just before eastbound hollingbury exit. Fortunatley I avoided them but many didnt..name and shame the stupid muppets involved..
because a public flogging will do what good?

You'd do well to remember that sometimes accidents can be just that - accidental! Not everyone who has an accident is a "muppet".
[quote][p][bold]Made In Sussex[/bold] wrote: Hmmm! It only takes 5 minutes of heavy rain in the Lewes area and two crashes just after the westbound A27\Southerham roundabout. Then another crash just before eastbound hollingbury exit. Fortunatley I avoided them but many didnt..name and shame the stupid muppets involved..[/p][/quote]because a public flogging will do what good? You'd do well to remember that sometimes accidents can be just that - accidental! Not everyone who has an accident is a "muppet". *jo*

8:29pm Thu 5 Aug 10

munglebean says...

'and staff at the St James's and St Paul's Hospice charity shop told The Argus the water has ruined much of its stock.'
Dont they mean the 'St Peter and St James' Hospice??? Useless Argus!
'and staff at the St James's and St Paul's Hospice charity shop told The Argus the water has ruined much of its stock.' Dont they mean the 'St Peter and St James' Hospice??? Useless Argus! munglebean

9:43pm Thu 5 Aug 10

mr lover lover says...

its raining hevely at beverly)))))))))
its raining hevely at beverly))))))))) mr lover lover

1:40am Fri 6 Aug 10

Dickie Manlove says...

I don’t believe for one minute the rain was to blame for Mr Hollands flattened lavender, I bet you a weeks pocket money that flattened patch in the lavender is the exact same size as Mr Hollands round arse….coincidence? me thinks not.

Ps…all of my herbs, plants and flowers faired well against the storm….coincidence
? me thinks not.
I don’t believe for one minute the rain was to blame for Mr Hollands flattened lavender, I bet you a weeks pocket money that flattened patch in the lavender is the exact same size as Mr Hollands round arse….coincidence? me thinks not. Ps…all of my herbs, plants and flowers faired well against the storm….coincidence ? me thinks not. Dickie Manlove

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