Motorists have been warned not to drive through flooding after a petrol tanker was stranded several feet in the water.
The A267 at Cross in Hand near Uckfield was forced to close for hours after the tanker got stuck at 5am yesterday morning.
Heavy rain caused flooding across the county.
A spokeswoman for East Sussex Highways said the road could reopen after sludge was cleared from the drainage system, allowing flood water to drain.
She said motorway runoff was “unable” to cope with the “extraordinary” amount of rain Sussex saw overnight on Thursday.
“We have a regular program of cleaning drains across the county to prevent surface water from flooding roads and sidewalks, but highway drains are unable to cope with the extraordinary amounts of rain that fell overnight,” she said.
“Exceptional rainfall combined with heavy leaf fall can slow the flow of water from the road surface into free-running drains and cause some local flooding, but this usually resolves within a short period of time.
“We will carry out further checks where the flooding is longer.
“Any concerns about flooding should be reported to us directly on 0345 60 80 193. We would encourage all motorists to ensure they drive to conditions in heavy rain and avoid driving through floodwaters whenever possible.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23101058.east-sussex-highways-warning-petrol-tanker-incident-near-uckfield/?ref=rss East Sussex Highways warning following incident involving a petrol tanker near Uckfield