Continued risk of flooding

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The Environment Agency has been working closely with emergency services across West Sussex after some areas of the county experienced surface water flooding following one to two inches of rain overnight (Sunday 10/Monday June 11).

The Environment Agency is warning of a continued risk of surface water flooding, from overwhelmed drains, this morning across parts of Sussex, Surrey, London and Kent.

Flooding has been reported in many parts overnight, including Littlehampton in West Sussex, following heavy and persistent rain.

Some parts have seen between 30-50mm of rainfall, with Bognor in West Sussex seeing up to 65mm since yesterday evening.

There are 27 flood alerts in force for rivers across the region, meaning that flooding is possible.

With further heavy rainfall is expected across South East England today, the Environment Agency is urging residents to be aware of the risk of further surface water flooding.

Howard Davidson, Environment Agency South East Regional Director, said: “Our teams have been working throughout the weekend to reduce flood risk where possible, clearing trash screens and blockages as well as working with those residents at risk to help them prepare as much as possible.

“We’ve had a lot of rain - some areas had a month’s rainfall in just 24 hours and unfortunately this has caused some surface water flooding to properties in the county.

“With more rainfall expected later today and with more unsettled weather forecast for the rest of the week, those at risk should take steps to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property.”

Anyone who is concerned about flood risk can call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188, tune in to local media for updates or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk for more information.

The Environment Agency provides a 24-hour flood warning service for England and Wales. Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service that gives advance warning of flooding by telephone, mobile, fax or pager.

To register for the service, call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All that is needed to register is a telephone number where flood warnings can be sent 24 hours a day.