High tides and rainfall expected in East Sussex as Environment Agency urges people to be prepared for flooding

The Environment Agency is again urging communities across East Sussex to be aware of the risk of flooding with high tides and rainfall expected over the weekend.

High tides are expected along the south coast over the next few days, with the potential for Flood Alerts to be issued in some areas.

The Environment Agency said it would monitor the situation carefully along the coast, with East Sussex and Hampshire facing the highest tides.

Rainfall is expected over the weekend on already saturated ground, and with river levels still very high across the region the Environment Agency is urging people to remain vigilant to the risk of flooding.

Environment Agency staff are working around the clock to minimise flood risk and protect people, property and land.

Teams are out clearing trash screens, inspecting coastal defences, and monitoring river levels.

Regional duty manager at the Environment Agency Peter Quarmby said: “High tides are forecast across the south coast later today and into the weekend. While river levels are still high and with spring tides on the way, it is possible that more flooding could be on the way.

“We will be issuing Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings as appropriate over the coming days to those communities that are likely to be affected, so people need to sign up to our free Flood Warning Service and be ready to take action if they get these warnings so they can protect their property as best they can.

“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and we urge communities to be aware of their risk and be ready to act.”

A Flood Warning indicates that property flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188. For the latest info follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencySE.