Public meeting in Seaford to focus on flooding

Flooding in Newhaven.
Flooding in Newhaven.
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Flooding in Seaford will be the theme for a public meeting on Friday October 24 at the Clinton Centre.

Speakers will include Norman Baker who will offer a national perspective and Environment Agency Coastal Communities 2150 Project Team leader John Gower.

He will demonstrate, using computer modelling, the possible impact of rises in sea level and options for adapting to such rises.

And Kim Smith, who is the Environment Agency’s team leader on partnership and strategic overview for flood risk management, will describe last year’s flooding and outline the Environment Agency’s strategies to address such problems in future in Seaford and Newhaven.

Planning for flooding events will be explained by Ian Hodgson, from the Resilience and Emergency Partnership.

The meeting is free and will begin at 7pm at the venue in Clinton Place. It is being organised by Seaford Community Partnership.

Last winter a series of storms removed much of the shingle from the beach and a large part of Seaford’s sea defences.

In Newhaven 50 houses and ten businesses were flooded. The railway line was closed for nearly four days, with over £1m of damage to signalling equipment.

Seaford, Newhaven, the Ouse Valley and Lewes are part of the Coastal Communities Project 2150, co-funded by the European Union.

It looked at the impact of rising sea levels and the increased risk of more frequent storm surges.

Options were developed to illustrate ways of adapting to the increased risks of flooding.