How to report a blocked gully

A 4x4 tackles the deep water on Carlisle Road and Upper Carlsile Road
A 4x4 tackles the deep water on Carlisle Road and Upper Carlsile Road

Heavy rain over the last week has led to motorists tackling water-logged roads in the town.

The downpour has seen residents put down sandbags and drivers forced to use alternative roads as some areas were more than a foot deep in water.

Flooding could be seen in Firle Road and Seaside by the Whitley Road traffic lights and parts of lower Meads were also affected by the downpour as the rain, combined with falling leaves whose volume had increased due to last week’s storm, led to drains blocking and water gushing out onto the roads.

Seaside Rec was also badly affected and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service dealt with a number of flood-related calls, with firefighters pumping out water from a conservatory in Whitley Road on Sunday night.

Earlier this week Roger Williams, head of highways at the county councils, asked residents to bear with the team as they dealt with the problem.

He added, “Every gully in East Sussex is cleared every two years and we prioritise those that cause the most problems, clearing them more regularly if necessary.

“This time of year can be very difficult with falling leaves blocking some drains and gullies.”

A Southern Water spokesman added, “The torrential rain which fell on Eastbourne overnight on Sunday overwhelmed parts of the sewerage system.

“In Eastbourne this system is combined to take wastewater from homes and businesses and surface water such as run-off from roads.

“The sheer amount of water that fell overnight meant it backed up, causing some localised flooding in streets.

“We sent teams out to clear blockages caused by wet wipes and solidified cooking oils where they were reported to us and to help clean up where necessary.”