Public urged to check who to ring in flooding

Floods Lottbridge Drove SUS-140311-125510001
Floods Lottbridge Drove SUS-140311-125510001
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With heavy rain forecast over the next few days, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public that various organisations can help during flooding.

The service says that during extreme weather it prioritises calls where lives may be at risk and that other authorities can also help.

A spokesperson at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “Heavy rain is forecast over the coming days and a new web page with lots of useful contacts is available here: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/flooding.shtml

“Our area experiences extremes of weather throughout the year – whether winter storms or summer downpours. Staying alert and preparing for the worst can help keep you, your family and your property safe.

“During extreme weather, we prioritise calls where lives may be at risk through a risk of fire or other emergencies.

“For example when flood water is affecting electrics in buildings, where a building or structure has become dangerous to passers-by or when there has been a road traffic collision.

“Where lives are not at immediate risk, a number of other organisations may be better placed to help.

“We work with other organisations to tackle less serious incidents.

“Local councils are often responsible for clearing drains or fallen trees.

“East Sussex County Council has a team dedicated to keeping roads clear.

For more information visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk, the Environment Agency which has information about flood alerts atwww.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

People took to Twitter and Facebook to report flooding on Sunday afternoon and later in the evening with incidents in Victoria Drive, Channel View Road and Firle Road.