PART of the A27 was closed this morning after a car flipped on its side in heavy flooding. 

The vehicle ended up on its side in a hedge but the driver escaped with minor injuries.

The accident, which happened at about 5.30am, caused delays for motorists. 

Police were quickly at the scene and a short section of the road was closed for at least five hours both ways between Selmeston and the Drusillas roundabout at Alfriston.

A diversion via Common Lane was put in place.

Police said heavy rainfall had caused serious flooding in the area. 

A force spokesman said that even after the road reopened, officers remained at the scene dealing with the floodwater. 

He said: “They are doing some gully sucking to sort out the damage issues.

"The road is open, but we advise to pass with care.

"A driver had flipped his car on its side when I arrived at about 5.30am.

"Luckily it looked worse than it was and the driver was OK.

"His injuries were minor and he didn’t need an ambulance.”