Floods cause mass disruption to commuters in Sussex

Sussex was hit by a third of its monthly rainfall in one day as torrential downpours ravaged commuters.

Motorists battled through flooding on roads across the county, while rail services between Lewes and Haywards Heath ground to a halt following flooding on the route.

It came as the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain from midnight to 3pm this afternoon.

Between 30 and 40mm of rain fell in some places in Sussex in the morning.

Average rainfall for the whole of November is usually around 100mm.

The A23 at Bolney had queues of around three miles that took an hour to get through after a car reportedly went off the road in the rain around 7am.

The Argus: Flooding at Lucraft Road, MoulsecoombFlooding in Lucraft Road, Moulsecoomb (Image: Simon Dack)

The driver was taken to the hospital.

There were other minor accidents in the morning.

The A27 near Lewes experienced lengthy delays because one lane was flooded at the Kingston roundabout.

There was also minor flooding at the Cuilfail Tunnel to Lewes.

A petrol tanker collapsed in flood water around 5am this morning on the A267 near Cross in Hand, east of Uckfield.

The Argus: Lorry stuck hand in hand in flood water near CrossLorry stuck in flood near Cross in Hand (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

A red tide warning has been issued for Buxted, near Uckfield, by the Environment Agency and residents have been urged to “act now” as the River Uck begins to rise rapidly around 9am due to 40mm of rain.

People have been told to turn off gas, water and electricity, take things upstairs or to safety, and keep family and pets safe.

Riverside properties in Buxted have been encouraged to install sandbags and other flood control products where available.

The Argus: Floods in the KingswayFloods in the Kingsway (Image: Simon Dack)

Flooding from surface water occurred on the A27 west of Arundel and an accident was reported in nearby Slindon before 7am.

The A22 near Polegate has also had flooding and reports of a car crashing into trees around 9am.

In Brighton, wheeled bins were seen “floating down the road” in Lucraft Road, Moulsecoomb.

Motorists splashed through large puddles on the seafront in Kingsway near the Brighton i360.

The Argus: Firefighters at a house in RingmerFirefighters at a house in Ringmer (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

The fire brigade was called to a flooded house in Ringmer just before noon.

Southern Rail reported further flooding in the Wivelsfield area through the afternoon.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in effect tomorrow from 8pm to 6am.

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