Almost 40mm of rain falls in East Sussex after storms batter county

Fallen tree in Firle
Fallen tree in Firle

Almost 40mm of rain fell in East Sussex last night (Monday December 23) after storms battered the county.

The Met Office said 38.6mm of rain fell in Wych Cross - the third highest rainfall in the country, with the highest measuring 53.6mm in Greater London.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it is reminding people to take extra care after receiving around 230 weather-related calls since yesterday afternoon.

Around 120 incidents were attended by crews - the fire service said the majority of these were to make an area safe after the strong winds brought down trees, signs and roofs.

Incidents included: signage removed from a shop at Lower Willingdon and a tree removed from a car after it fell in Keld Avenue, Uckfield, leaving two people trapped inside.

Fire crews said the people were released and no injuries were reported.

Crews said sections of a garage canopy had to be removed at Texaco on the South Coast Road, Peacehaven and large sheeting was removed from a building on Old Ghyll Road, Heathfield.

Crews attended St Johns Road in Seaford when a pipe was spotted swinging four storeys high on a building. The pipe was removed by crews and area made safe.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “With the bad weather predicted to last for the rest of the day, ESFRS is urging people not to take risks, particularly when on the roads.”

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