‘Supertides’ set to hit East Sussex coast next week

Giant waves hit Newhaven's harbour wall. Photo by Stephen Creffield of Newhaven SUS-151201-110701001
Giant waves hit Newhaven's harbour wall. Photo by Stephen Creffield of Newhaven SUS-151201-110701001

Residents in Seaford and Newhaven are being told to brace themselves as ‘Supertides’ are set to hit the South coast next week.

The Environment Agency (EA) has predicted extreme high tides which are due to peak on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30 across the region.

These are part of an 18-year cycle and could mean tides reach a whopping 7m above normal water levels at places such as Newhaven Port.

The EA has warned these tides could be driven even higher in the event of a storm surge or other adverse weather conditions.

As well as coastal areas - estuaries and tidal rivers could be impacted by the extreme high tides.

Southern Water is making emergency preparations to deal with the potential impact of the tides and have urged people to contact them on the emergency floodline if their home or property has been flooded by water on 0330 303 0368.

The company is also reminding people that county councils and unitary authorities deal specifically with groundwater flooding, and would urge members of the public to contact them in the event of a flood in public areas.

The high tides are the result of the sun, moon and earth aligning to create a greater than normal force over the oceans.

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