Heavy rain and gale force winds cause chaos in East Sussex

GALE force winds and heavy rain caused widespread disruption in East Sussex this week as winds topped 70mph in parts of the county.

In Lewes the 15th Century Bookshop was forced to close its doors for four days after the stormy weather caused water to flood the shop.

Shocked owner of the High Street business, Tristan Mirabaud, said water caused by the downpours on Tuesday flowed off the High Street and right into the shop.

Tristan said he called the Highways Agency and wants something done about the clogged drains.

A county council spokesman said it had not had any recent reports of flooding on the High Street but said it would clear the drains with a high-powered water jet.

A flowering cherry tree planted in Rose Walk, Newhaven, to mark the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 fell down during the storm on Tuesday January 3. Seaford Lifeguards Headquarters was counting the cost of damaged windows, radio communications aerial which blew down and damaged the weather station sensors.

And Uckfield resident Chris Tindley tied down her daughter’s eight-foot outdoor trampoline, but on Tuesday morning saw the trampoline perched in a massive oak tree. Since then their home has gained celebrity status with neighbours lining up to take photographs.

Flooding was also reported at Amberstone Hospital in Hellingly but firefighters were not needed.

A ‘dangerous structure’ was reported at the Co-Op Petrol Station off the Cophall Roundabout and a fire engine from Hailsham went to the scene but no action was taken. A fire engine from Pevensey went to Church Bailey Court, Westham, to fix a shed roof and make it safe. They went there at 4.56am on Tuesday (January 3).

A tree went down near Plumpton Station on Tuesday, which caused delays between Lewes and Haywards Heath.