Flood alert for Cuckmere River

Flood warnings have been issued today by The Environment Agency.
Flood warnings have been issued today by The Environment Agency.

A flood alert has been issued for the River Cuckmere this afternoon (Sunday, January 3).

The Environment Agency issued the warning shortly before 2pm following heavy rainfall over the New Year period.

The alert covers the Cuckmere River and tributaries from Vines Cross to Exceat Bridge.

The Environment Agency has said: “The rain that has fallen over the New Year period has caused the river to respond and due to further frontal rain which has moved in from the west this morning, clearing east during this evening, ditches and culverts could become inundated adjacent to the river and minor impacts could be seen anywhere throughout the catchment.

“Strong southerly winds will reach gale force on exposed coasts yet coastal flooding is not expected.

“Areas of particular concern at present are Cowbeech, Hellingly and Horsebridge and throughout the upper part of the Cuckmere.

“Based on current forecast, levels are looking to peak this evening.

“Environment Agency teams are maintaining assets and monitoring the overall situation.

“An unsettled week is forecast so this message will be updated by midday tomorrow and warnings issued if the situation escalates.”

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