Heavy rain causes problems in East Sussex

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Heavy rain has sparked flood warnings from the Environment Agency, caused delays on the roads and meant sports matches have been called off in East Sussex today (Thursday December 20).

A flood warning was issued by the Environment Agency for Cuckmere River and Bull River at Hellingly and Horsebridge.

The Environment Agency issues flood warnings where flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The warning includes Mill Lane, Station Road and the A271 at Lower Horsebridge, where heavy rain over night caused the levels in the Cuckmere catchment area to rise significantly.

With further rainfall forecast throughout the day the areas at most risk are Leabridge, Hellingly and Horsebridge.

Meanwhile a flood alert, where flooding is possible, was issued by the Environment Agency for the River Uck and the Framfield, Ridgewood and Tickerage Streams.

It said the river levels would continue to rise today and some minor property flooding was possible.

The Cuckmere River and tributaries from Vines Cross to Exceat Bridge are also on flood alert, where levels have risen significantly.

The Environment Agency said it would monitor the situation, clear grills and maintain flood defences.

The rain was causing problems on the roads too.

During today the A27 westbound was experiencing delays due to flooding and a broken down vehicle between Polegate and Drusillas Roundabout.

Hailsham Police urged people to drive with care on the Ersham Rd, in Hailsham due to flooding on many parts.

They added Northlands Road in Warnham was closed due to flooding A271 Hailsham Road in Herstmonceux has flooding.

And East Sussex County Council was urging drivers to take care due to the bad weather.

And a waterlogged pitch at Lewes Football Club has meant the U18 game versus Worthing tonight (December 20) has been called off.