River Ouse still on flood alert

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ABOUT 50mm of rain fell in the catchment area of the River Ouse on Sunday June 10 and yesterday (Monday June 11) leaving flooding still a possibility.

The Environment Agency said the Upper Ouse and tributaries from Slaugham to Barcombe Mills and the Lower Ouse and tributaries from Barcombe Mills to Newhaven Harbour remain on flood alert.

For the Lower Ouse it said on Monday river levels at Barcombe and Goldbridge were still high and further rainfall was expected overnight and into this morning (Tuesday) and levels on the Ouse may remain high overnight.

It did not expect to issue a flood warning for the area and there are no longer alerts in force for the Cuckmere River and River Uck.

This morning there were 42 flood alerts across the country and five flood warnings.

East Sussex was at ‘medium risk’ today and at ‘low risk’ for tomorrow.

The Met Office said further rain was likely this morning across South East England, some of which could be heavy.

Given that the ground is saturated in places, following recent heavy rainfall, there was a risk of localised surface water flooding as well as possible river flooding - most likely towards Sussex and Hampshire.

The rain should gradually ease from the northwest during Tuesday morning, and the ‘be aware’ warning elapses at midday.