Several vehicles, including a seven-ton truck, are said to be stranded because of a “flood of water” from an overflowing river.
The volunteer-led Alfriston Emergency Group has been working the streets around the village all day.
It has encouraged people not to risk driving through flood waters, which are more than a meter deep after the Cuckmere River unleashed the torrent of water over its banks.
Steve Woodgate, chairman of the group, told The Argus: “The banks burst before me, it was amazing to see but it’s deadly. Suddenly water appears over this bank.
“We tell people ‘it’s flooded up there, turn back.’ As I did so, I looked behind me and saw a gush of water up into the parking lot. That’s when I realized it was going to be really bad.
“One car is still stranded in the parking lot, with water almost over the wheels.”
Dozens of streets across Sussex have been flooded since torrential rain last night.
A yellow weather warning for rain was issued from 5pm yesterday until 6am this morning.
Up to 50mm of rain hit some parts of the county, bringing the total rainfall for the month to more than 180mm. The average for November is around 110 mm.
Steve added: “I think around a dozen vessels ignored advice and went through the water.
“Some of them got through, one notable one that didn’t was a seven and a half ton truck.
“It’s lying dead in the water, out of sight of me. It is recovered by members of the emergency group and someone from a local farm.
“Seven or eight vehicles broke down today.”
— Dan Jessup (@EchoDan11) November 17, 2022
Around 20 vehicles were stranded on the A27 last night due to flooding on the road near Worthing.
A houseboat sank in the River Ouse near Lewes when hit by a torrent.
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https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23133160.several-vehicles-get-stranded-flood-water-alfriston/?ref=rss Several vehicles stranded in flood waters near Alfriston