East Sussex County Council clears up 120 fallen trees after storm

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Highways crews in East Sussex have been working through the night to keep the roads clear after the county was battered with 80mph winds.

East Sussex Highways has deployed 40 work gangs, including tree surgeons, to remove fallen trees, clear gullies and deal with localised flooding on the county’s roads.

As of 9am this morning (Monday October 28), crews had cleared around 120 trees across East Sussex after the South Coast was hit by the most severe storm for years.

East Sussex County Council head of highways Roger Williams said: “Our crews have been working around the clock to ensure we can keep disruption to a minimum, working closely with colleagues from other agencies.

“However, there remains a lot of debris and water on the roads so we’d urge motorists to drive with extreme caution if they’re out and about.

“Some of the fallen trees have become caught up in power lines, meaning the road takes longer to clear as we have to arrange for the electricity to be turned off, so we’d ask motorists to be patient while we continue our work.”

There is currently significant disruption to roads because of fallen trees across the county.

According to the county council website, road closures are affecting:

Telham Lane, Battle

Spithurst Road, Barcombe

Stalkers Lane, East Hoathly

Jevington Road, Wannock - Reopen from 10.30

Queensway, Hastings

High Broom Lane, Crowborogh

Luxford Lane, Crowborough

Stocklanes Lane, Hadlow Down - Reopen from 11.20

Station Road, Berwick

Bourne Lane, Saleshurst

Street End Lane, Broad Oak

The Street, Litlington

Newick Lane, Newick

For the latest information please follow ‘East Sussex roads’ or Sussex Police on Twitter or see the Sussex Police ‘Live traffic and travel updates’ page.

The latest updates on road closures across the county can be found on the East Sussex Highways Twitter feed @esccroads while updates on all services affected by the weather are available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/alerts