Wet weather causes more flood misery... and rain is still falling

Princes Park pond overflowing on February 9, 2014.
Princes Park pond overflowing on February 9, 2014.

There was no let up with the bad weather at the weekend with torrential rain during much of Saturday and wet spells on Sunday.

Many roads around the town are still waterlogged following the downpour and the wettest January on record.

These photos of Princes Park at the weekend show the lake overflowing and completely flooding the pathway where dog walkers and residents would normally stroll.

The Environment Agency (EA) has said its rain gauge in Folkington measured 171mm in January 2014, approximately double what it would expect to fall in that area in that month.

The rain has continued into February and the EA has warned that the weather is likely to continue until at least today (Tuesday).

A statement on its website said, “England has faced the wettest January since 1766 and we are moving towards the wettest winter (December, January and February) in 250 years in England.

“Over the past week more than 600 homes have flooded, although some 180,000 properties have been protected from flooding and over 138,000 properties have been sent a free flood warning.

“Successive bands of rain which have been affecting the country all week are expected to continue until at least Tuesday, causing river levels to rise along the River Thames, the Severn and the Dorset Stour as well as across most of the south west, central southern and south east England.”

Last Wednesday rail passengers travelling between Eastbourne and Ashford International faced severe disruption due to shingle and flooding affecting the line between Bexhill and Hastings and a landslip between Newhaven Harbour and Seaford also caused chaos for commuters.

On Tuesday night the Sovereign Centre was on standby to provide shelter in case high tides forced local residents to leave their homes.

This week some areas were still feeling the effects of the stormy conditions with some rail lines in parts of Sussex disrupted or closed because of landslips.