Lewes on flood alert

Flooding in Lewes
Flooding in Lewes
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Worried Lewes residents were keeping a wary eye on the River Ouse after water levels rose alarmingly today (Friday January 3).

Swelled by heavy rain and a high tide, it began to lap at the defence wall protecting Harveys Brewery Yard - a victim of the flood disaster in October 2000.

Flooding in Lewes

Flooding in Lewes

South of the county town, large areas of the Railway Land Nature Reserve were under water.

To the north, river levels in and around Barcombe in particular remained high. The Environment Agency warned that further rain forecast for the weekend could raise levels again.

The Agency said: “We are constantly monitoring river levels and have workers in the field to clear blockages and operate defences if required.”

The sea surged at Seaford and at Newhaven the water rose over the wall at Riverside.

More rain and a higher tide is forecast for tomorrow (Saturday) and further rain on Sunday.