Heavy rain across Sussex causes travel disruption and floods Tesco

STORMY rain caused major disruption to roads, rail, flights and even flooded a Tesco supermarket yesterday.

It came as Sussex issued thunderstorm warnings from The Met Office from Monday to Wednesday.

The streets were inch by inch under water after it rained in buckets for most of the day.

A Tesco supermarket on Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill was flooded at its entrance in the afternoon.

The Argus: Shoppers do their best not to get wet feet at TescoShoppers are doing their best not to get wet feet at Tesco

Emma Charlesworth, 35, who was shopping at the supermarket, said: “It started coming in through the doors and it was completely submerged.

“Within a few minutes, the flood water started pouring down from the parking lot.

“They had opened the fire doors to try to sweep water out.”

Lullington Road, near Alfriston, was partially flooded, as was Eastbourne Road in Willingdon, near Eastbourne.

There was also surface water flooding near the Drusillas roundabout on the A27.

Southern Rail has had to cancel trains for almost two hours after heavy rain caused the ballast on the tracks near Glynde station, near Ringmer, to loosen.

The Eastbourne line reopened around 6pm.

A Southern spokesman told The Argus: “It has been reported that some ballast alongside the tracks near Glynde has been removed by heavy rain and some lines have been closed while Network Rail engineers conduct a safety inspection.

The Argus: ballast broke near Glynde Station, picturedBallast broke near Glynde Station, pictured

“We are sorry that trains can be delayed by up to 30 minutes and the disruption is expected to continue until at least 5.30pm.

“Passengers whose journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more can claim a delay compensation.”

Gatwick Airport also announced that some flights would be delayed and even canceled due to “poor weather conditions”.

The Argus: Gatwick Airport warned of flight delays and cancellationsGatwick Airport warned of flight delays and cancellations

Around 25 flights were delayed departing from the airport. While dozens of incoming flights were delayed and around 40 were cancelled.

It’s unclear if all of the cancellations and delays were due to the weather.

Muster Green on Haywards Heath was flooded on Monday.

The Met Office warned that flooding of homes and businesses was “likely”.

A spokesman added: “Some buildings could quickly be damaged by flooding, lightning, hail or strong winds.”

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20669413.heavy-rain-across-sussex-causes-travel-disruption-floods-tesco/?ref=rss Heavy rain across Sussex causes travel disruption and floods Tesco

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