Problems still facing East Sussex following storm


East Sussex was still recovering from the aftermath of the storm today (Friday December 27) as river levels remained high and fallen trees needed to be cleared from roads.

The Environment Agency continued to have flood warnings and flood alerts in place across the county.

Photo of garage damaged in the first storm before Christmas Day in Lincoln Avenue South. Photo by cllr Job Harris

Photo of garage damaged in the first storm before Christmas Day in Lincoln Avenue South. Photo by cllr Job Harris

According to East Sussex Highways the road between Alfriston and the A27 was currently closed due to flooding.

During the last few days crews have dealt with 30 fallen trees and floods, although the major routes remain passable with care.

UK Power Networks said 890 people were still without power in Sussex, after high winds damaged overhead powerlines.

Sussex Police was warning people to take care as more heavy rain and strong winds were predicted to hit the county from 10pm last night (Thursday, December 26).

Chief Inspector Ed De La Rue said: “We are anticipating more heavy rain, up to 30mm and gusts of 60 miles per hour in some areas, however it is not expected to be as severe as earlier on in the week.

“Nonetheless we are asking people to take care if you are out and about.

“Please be prepared to allow enough time to make journeys and watch out for hazards when out of the county’s road.

“Be aware of strong winds, large puddles and fallen trees and branches.

“Be cautious and slow down. If you are out driving make sure you take supplies in case the journey takes longer than anticipated, have a blanket, waterproofs and some drinking water. Please think carefully before you leave the house and if it is not essential we would advise you to stay indoors.

“There are still people across the county who have no mains power; if you are using generators, candles, open fires or other sources of heat, light or power please be careful, as they may not be as safe as your normal electrical supply.”

You can check for flood alerts on the Environment Agency’s website at, on Twitter at @EnvAgencySE and on Facebook

Chief Inspector De La Rue said: “As always, we would ask that you look out for your neighbours and other people in your community, especially if they may be vulnerable and particularly if there is a power cut, flooding or other difficulties in your area. Keep listening to your local radio stations for up-to-date weather and travel advice and if you are out and about, keep safe.”