A river has burst its banks due to severe downpours this afternoon.

The River Lavant was already high due to a wet autumn but rain on Tuesday has caused water to flood into Sheepwash Lane, north of West Wittering.

Drivers are navigating flooded roads while pedestrians are staying clear of water bubbling up through drains.

The government issued a flood warning this morning.

The Argus: A flooded road.A flooded road. (Image: Eddie Mitchell)

“The River Lavant is high, following a wet autumn,” said a government spokesman.

“With showers forecast, the River Lavant is expected to rise a small amount Tuesday. A maximum of 15cm river rise by Tuesday evening.

“Minor flooding will continue to affect fields, gardens and roads including at Sheepwash Lane, Pook Lane and the Green In East Lavant.

The Argus: The River Lavant.The River Lavant. (Image: Eddie Mitchell)

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“At The Sadlers in Westhampnett, the river will be high, but should remain lower than recent days.

“River flooding should not affect Chichester city centre. Weak weather fronts will bring minimal amounts of drizzle Wednesday and Thursday, with dry weather through the weekend into the start of next week.

“Flood risk will reduce on Wednesday, but river levels might continue rising a small amount until the end of this week, as groundwater is still rising. The river will be sensitive to any additional rainfall over the rest of winter.”