Around 100 homes in Newhaven affected by storm surge

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Around 100 homes have been affected by flooding after a storm surge caused disruption in Newhaven last night (Thursday December 5).

Fire crews braved the weather to deliver advice to residents by knocking on doors and advising people to switch off electrics and place valuables upstairs.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue were also called to Newhaven railway station after Newhaven Port Control reported that the railway station was flooded and sparks and smoke could be seen.

Crews isolated the power and the trains were stopped. The incident was left with Network Rail.

The fire service reassured residents in Newhaven that the likelihood of more flooding in the area today (Friday December 6) is low.

Borough Commander Garry Collins said: “Around 100 houses were affected, due to the high tide and the strong winds.

“Crews provided warning and informing advice, which involved knocking on doors and advice to switch off electrics and place valuables upstairs.

“However, we do not predict a repeat of this at high tide this afternoon at 1.13pm and do not anticipate any involvement but crews will be on standby.”