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Flooding still a risk to southern coast this week

Birling Gap. Cliff fall in front of the National Trust tea rooms and shop resulting in the closure of the sun room. February 3rd 2014 E05100Q

Birling Gap. Cliff fall in front of the National Trust tea rooms and shop resulting in the closure of the sun room. February 3rd 2014 E05100Q

Despite the wettest January on record, residents in Sussex will continue to bear the brunt of the poor weather this week with the Environment Agency warning of an increased risk of flooding along the southern coasts.

In Eastbourne many roads were left waterlogged as torrential rain pounded the coast on Friday night and there was disruption to train passengers due to a line being blocked because of flooding and debris between Eastbourne and Hastings. At Birling Gap there was a further cliff fall over the weekend and the steps down to the beach continue to remain closed.

Elsewhere firefighters were called to Alfriston yesterday (Monday) morning due to flooding in the basement of a property in Milton Street.

The water was one-and-a-half metres deep and a team from Seaford was sent to the scene to pump it out.

The Environment Agency said that today (Tuesday) and tomorrow high sea levels combined with strong winds and large waves would increase the risk of coastal flooding along southern coasts.

A spokesperson added, “Currently, we are seeing river levels in the area beginning to fall. “However, the catchment is saturated and will therefore respond to any rainfall we receive.

“We are expecting more rain later in the week and are gearing up to respond to that on the ground.”

A spokesman for Southern Railway said replacement buses were put in place at Eastbourne and Hastings following disruption at the weekend, adding, “We did experience some localised disruption over the weekend due to the weather, this included a line being blocked due to flooding and debris between Eastbourne and Hastings late on Friday night. Network Rail worked to resolve this and it was reopened at 06.30 Saturday morning.”

The Environment Agency said on its website yesterday, “Since early December, the country has faced an extraordinary period of weather and flooding.

“However, flood schemes have defended more than 1.1 million homes and businesses, and protected nearly 2,500 square kilometres of farmland across England.”

To find out about any flood alerts and warnings in place visit: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

 

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