A SCHOOL has been closed due to flooding. 

A burst water main at the junction of Falmer Road and Ovingdean Road has caused the closure of Longhill High School this morning. 

Pictures from the scene show the part of the road is submerged in water, with the flooding reaching the school’s gates. 


Headteacher Kate Williams has written to parents and carers to explain the situation. 

She said: “Thank you for your understanding and support this morning with regards to the emergency situation caused by a mains water pipe bursting on Falmer Road. 

The Argus:

“The flooding on the school site forced us to regrettably close the school today.

“Our thoughts and best wishes with all the homes that have been badly affected by this unforeseen situation.

“We made the decision to close the school at the earliest opportunity, when it became evident that it was unsafe for students to attend. 

The Argus:

Picture by Paul Kirkbride @pkirkbride1

“We understand the disruption that this will have caused you and apologies for the inconvenience.

Have you been affected? Email jody.doherty-cove@theargus.co.uk.

“We are currently taking advice from the Water board, emergency service and BHCC and we will be in contact with you later today with further information.”

A spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue said: "Crews are currently attending an incident involving a burst water main in Brighton.

"Crews were mobilised in the early hours of this morning (14 September) following reports of a burst water main in Brighton.

"At 4.58 two appliances were sent to Ovingdean Road, where a number of properties, including Longhill School had been affected.

"Firefighters used two main pumps and a light portable pump to remove water from the area.

"At 11.20am this morning, crews still remained at the scene, working in partnership with Southern Water, who were in attendance.

"Please avoid the area while crews carry out this work."