Flood alerts issued for Seaford and the River Cuckmere

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Parts of Seaford and towns along the River Cuckmere could face flooding as Storm Barney hits Sussex this evening (November 17).

The Environment Agency has warned residents to be prepared for the risk of flooding due to high water levels and strong winds.

Seaford is likely to see some localised flooding during the high tide period this evening as strong winds and large waves hit the town’s seafront.

Some localised flooding is also expected in villages along the River Cuckmere.

While river levels through Hellingly reached their peak last night following heavy rainfall, forecasters warn more rain is now falling over the Cuckmere valley.

But forecasters expect tonight’s storm to bring less rain than last night and say the river is unlikely to rise significantly beyond its current level.

While extensive flooding is not forecast, localised impacts around Station Road and Church Road, Hellingly may still be seen until the river levels recede.

Levels through Alfriston will also appear reasonably high, particularly around high tides.

Further heavy rain is also forecast for Friday, November 20 and forecasters warn residents to remain prepared for the risk of flooding this week.

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