Alfriston road closed due to flooding

HEAVY rainfall has caused a road leading into Alfriston to be closed.

Signs were put up instructing motorists they could not access the village from the A27 at Drusillas roundabout but locals were using nearby Winton Street to drive into Alfriston.Drivers can still head into the area via Seaford.

The road closure was still in place yesterday (Tuesday) but Drusillas park and businesses in Alfriston still remain open.

Willows car park in North Street was completely under water as a result of the heavy rainfall and one homeowner suffered a flooded basement.

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said, "We are looking into some minor improvements to defences in Alfriston but demand across the country is high and whilst they can reduce flood risk, defences will never be able to eliminate flooding altogether.

"The current defences at Alfriston can only do so much to prevent water from escaping from the river. We had around 40 to 60mm of rain over the weekend falling on already saturated ground and unfortunately as river levels rise, flooding to property is possible.

"We're very sorry to hear about the flooded basement in Alfriston and will look into this particular incident to see if anything could have been done to prevent it. We're working with the local community to see how we can reduce flood risk in the area.

"We are expecting further rainfall later this week and urge those living in areas at risk to remind themselves of the action they should take to prepare and limit the damage a flood can leave behind."

A school minibus came off the road between the A27 Drusillas roundabout and Alfriston village yesterday and hit two teenage pedestrians. It is thought the vehicle, which had eight youngsters on board, hit black ice. (See page three for full story).

• The Cuckmere River was still on Flood Watch yesterday on the Environment Agency's website. The area, which includes the river and tributaries from Vines Cross to Exceat Bridge, was highlighted on the early alert system which means there is possible risk of flooding.