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Floods may be on their way to Sussex today
11:31am Wednesday 11th April 2012 in Features
Be careful what you wish for.
First came the sun, then a hosepipe ban – now there could be flooding.
The Easter Bank Holiday weekend proved a total washout with heavy rainfall hitting Sussex on Sunday and Monday nights.
But there is one good thing that came out of it – Southern Water said that they are yet to receive any tip offs about residents flouting the hosepipe ban over the Easter weekend.
Gardeners will welcome the latest rains and forecasting service Met Check is predicting more heavy rainfall with temperatures set to remain in the low teens.
The Met Office has warned that there could now be a risk of localised flooding.
Experts are not predicting a deluge on par with the Lewes floods of 2000 which saw barrels of beer floating down the River Ouse and people unable to cross bridges in the town.
A Met Office spokesman said: “There have been heavy rain showers over the past couple of days.
“Over the next few days we are expecting a mixture of sunny spells and showers.
“Today there will be heavy rain showers but they will be fast moving.
“But tomorrow the showers will be slower moving which could lead to localised flooding.”
Members of the public reported large amounts of water pooling in Lewes Road in Brighton on Monday evening, although it had cleared by yesterday morning.
The Environment Agency dismissed concerns about the threat of localised flooding yesterday despite large parts of Sussex being described as at risk.
A spokeswoman said: “We would welcome some heavy rainfall following the recent drought.”
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