Flood alerts have been issued in Sussex with rivers in the area “high and rising”.

Flooding is possible in the River Adur and Upper Ouse after more than half a month’s rain hit some parts of the county in two days.

The alerts are said to be particularly affecting Barcombe Mills, where roads are expected to be affected by flood water, and areas near Cowfold and Mock Bridge near Henfield.

In an alert issued by the Environment Agency on the government’s website, a spokesman said: “The River Adur is high and rising. Since Wednesday, 35mm of rain has been recorded at Cowfold, which is more than half a month's rain.

“As well as extensive water in fields, flooding could also affect gardens of properties near Mock Bridge and may begin to approach buildings too.

“Barcombe Mills Road is likely to be affected by flood water, and could become impassable.”


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Following the alerts, drivers are being advised to avoid routes that are vulnerable to flooding.

Barcombe Mills Road has been hit by a number of incidents of flooding in recent months.

Despite the alerts, forecasts suggest that due to isolated showers the river levels should begin to fall on Friday evening.