These were the scenes in Newhaven in the early hours of this morning as the river banks burst.
A police spokesman confirmed a multi-agency response saw fire, police, coastguards and the highways agency attend, notified by local volunteers.
Fortunately no injuries were reported.
The spokesman added: “Calls came in at 00.20am, by 00.49am the water level had dropped by 15cm - almost like a flash flood.
“We stood down at 1.10am.
“Other than three vehicles which were stranded it didn’t cause any problem to houses.”