Find out how climate change could affect the River Ouse at Newhaven

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An information day will show how the high tides on the River Ouse will change as ocean levels rise in the future.

The Environment Agency is staging presentations and talks from experts about the issue at Tideway School in Newhaven on Saturday May 18 from 10am to noon.

This is the first of a series of Coastal Communities 2150 public events, to raise awareness of the impact of climate change in Seaford and the lower Ouse Valley over the next century and a half to 2150.

Environment Agency Coastal Communities 2150 engagement officer Paul Costelloe said: “The coast around South East England is changing and we all must be prepared for the future effects of rising sea levels, increased flood risk and sinking land levels.

“We are delighted to join up with Tideway School to raise awareness of the long term impacts of climate change and how we all have a part to play in adapting to it.

“We want to help communities plan ahead now for how they will contribute to managing their flood risk and their local environment in the future.

“That’s why I urge everyone to get involved by having their say on how we all can shape the future of these communities for generations to come.”

The Coastal Communities 2150 is calling for community representatives, including residents, businesses and local authorities, to take part in the Newhaven awareness raising events, and others.

On the day there will be a series of interactive presentations and talks from the project’s staff and the local volunteers.

It is being billed as an exciting opportunity to see the project’s specially commissioned fly-through model of the Ouse Valley.

This animated visual aid takes a flight path from Seaford to Lewes showing how sea level rise will affect the highest tides of the year, allowing the Environment Agency to plan and adapt.

An estimated 3,000 houses and commercial properties within Newhaven, Seaford and Lewes are at risk from river and coastal flooding.

The Environment Agency said it needed to ensure future development did not compromise its ability to manage increasing flood risk by building homes too close to defences, and that the water quality of rivers and the environment in general was protected.

There will be further community events during the summer.

For more information about the Coastal Communities 2150 project email cc2150.newhaven@environment-agency.gov.uk or visit the website at: www.cc2150.eu