Red flood warning for the River Uck in Sussex

A red flood warning was issued after torrential rain.

The Environment Agency is urging residents to “act now” after half a month of rain fell in Buxted, near Uckfield, this morning.

The Authority said the River Uck, which flows through Uckfield into the River Ouse, is “high and rising”.

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

It comes as the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning from midnight to 3pm today.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Rain (40mm) has been recorded in Buxted for almost half a month. From 9am today, flooding will affect fields, country roads, gardens and properties along the river through Buxted, near the White Hart pub and in areas around Hempstead Mill in Hempstead Lane, Uckfield.

“A further 15mm of rain is expected on Thursday morning before a drier period is forecast around Thursday midday.

The Argus: Red Flood Warning from the River UckRed flood warning from the River Uck (Image: Federal Environment Agency)

“The river should start falling at 3pm today. The effects of flooding should begin to subside as river levels begin to fall.

“However, further rain is possible in the early hours of Friday morning, so the river level may not return to normal until Friday afternoon.

“Riverside properties in Buxted are encouraged to install flood defense products where they have them and take measures to reduce the impact of flooding. We continue to monitor fill levels and forecasts.” Red flood warning for the River Uck in Sussex

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