Town and village hit by floods after deluge

Flooding in the Cuckmere Valley at Alfriston. December 24th 2012 E52074N
Flooding in the Cuckmere Valley at Alfriston. December 24th 2012 E52074N

Heavy rain this week has seen a road leading into a village closed off and an Eastbourne park submerged in water.

As families geared up for Christmas many motorists in the county had to drive in horrendous conditions as they travelled to visit loved ones.

As rain lashed the county a road leading into Alfriston was closed off after flooding in the area. The village saw its Willows car park in North Street deluged by rain and signs were put up instructing motorists they could not access the village from the A27 at Drusillas roundabout.

On Monday Nash Robbins, co-owner of Much Ado Books, said, “It appears there’s flooding in the traditional place at the car park. But I believe the village is clear through to Seaford.

“It’s been a couple of years that I can remember flooding like this at all.”

Elsewhere Motcombe Gardens in Old Town was completely submerged in water and on Boxing Day the statue of Neptune could not be seen. On the same day the fire brigade were at the park, which is popular with dog walkers and families, to pump out the water.

Dina Hensler said, “On Christmas day I went down to the park and there were lots of people there with dogs trying to go for a walk. It’s completely flooded and it looks amazing.

“People living close by in Motcombe Road might be a bit concerned.”

Yesterday a flood alert for the River Cuckmere remained in place on the Environment Agency website. This is where flooding is possible. On Thursday last week rivers in the Hellingly and Horsebridge area were put on a flood warning - where flooding is expected - but the status later changed and removed from the flood warning category. Flood signs had also been put up inthe Hellingly area earlier this week.

Despite the heavy rain earlier this week a spokesperson for the Environment Agency said they believed the situation would improve.

They added, “There’s still a flood alert on the Cuckmere. But the weather at the moment is looking a bit more promising. I believe the worst is over for this particular stretch of rain.”