Heavy rain in Sussex causes flooding near Alfriston

Torrential rain overnight has caused flooding several feet high, affecting roads around a village.

The Cuckmere River has overflowed again and water is rushing into the surrounding fields at Alfriston near Seaford.

It comes as a yellow weather warning was issued for Sussex from 5pm yesterday to 6am today.

Lullington Road and Alfriston Road, both near Alfriston, have been flooded again after heavy rains.

It was inaccessible to most vehicles last week and had recently cleared after the floods subsided.

A red flood warning has been issued for Alfriston.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Flooding will continue to affect North Street, Litlington Road, Willows Car Park, River Lane, the Old Clergy House and the Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston.

The Argus: St Andrew's Church in Alfriston surrounded by floodingSt Andrew’s Church in Alfriston surrounded by flooding (Image: The Argus)

“Very little precipitation is forecast for Thursday and Friday. The river level in Alfriston was due to start dropping at 3pm this afternoon.

“However, levels at Alfriston are unlikely to return to normal by Sunday. Another 10-30mm of rain on Sunday and Monday could mean a higher risk of flooding next week.

“Floods can be deep and dangerous, please use caution when walking near the river in Alfriston. Please avoid driving on routes prone to flooding including North Street, Alfriston.”

Argus: Several meters of water ran onto fields and roadsSeveral meters of water have run onto fields and roads (Image: The Argus)

Fields around the river are submerged several feet in water.

The tide at the mouth of the river was five meters at 4.47am this morning.

The flooding continued throughout the day, with the next high tide of 15 feet (4.8 meters) at 5:20 p.m.

The Argus: Flooding on Lullington Road, near AlfristonFlooding on Lullington Road near Alfriston (Image: The Argus)

The Argus understands that the high tide will not make much of a difference to flooding this afternoon as it is a lower tide.

Due to the heavy rains, there were interruptions throughout the district during the night.

Twenty cars were stranded on the A27 near Worthing when flood waters submerged parts of the carriageway.

A houseboat at anchor has also sunk in the River Ouse near Lewes.

Parts of Sussex received more than 50mm of rain in just 24 hours including Haywards Heath, Balcombe Forest, Plumpton, Ashington and Storrington.

The total amount of precipitation in November is currently more than 180 mm.

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