Storm Ciarán: These are the areas most at risk of flooding as Environment Agency issues warnings
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Much calmer conditions are expected on Friday, with no Met Office weather warnings in place. However, Environment Agency does have a number of flood warnings still active in parts of Sussex:
– Bersted on the Aldingbourne Rife;
– Felpham on the Aldingbourne Rife;
– Arundel on the River Arun;
– Amberley on the River Arun;
– Pulborough on the River Arun (added on Thursday night);
– Fittleworth on the Western Rother;
– Lodsbridge to Shopham Bridge on the Western Rother;
– Loxwood, Brewhurst and Drungewick on the River Lox (added on Thursday evening);
– Mock Bridge, near Shermanbury on the River Adur;
– Freshfield Bridge to Sharpsbridge;
– Barcombe Mills (Added on Thursday evening);
– Hellingly and Horsebridge (Added on Thursday afternoon);
A flood warning means flooding is ‘expected’ in the specified area. This means properties are at risk of flooding.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Please take action to protect yourself and your property and monitor local weather and river conditions. Avoid contact with, walking or driving through flood water. Consider activating any property flood protection products you may have.”
West Sussex County Council has also issued advice to residents.
A statement read: “Avoid unnecessary travel, significant disruption is likely on both roads and rail. If you do have to drive, take extra care on the roads, and avoid driving through flood water - there may be hidden hazards and it may be deeper than it looks.
“Stay away from the water’s edge and avoid coastal areas most likely to be impacted by the storm.
“Prepare for exceptionally strong winds and the threat of flooding. Ensure doors, windows and loose objects are securely fastened.”
The council said flooding can cause disruption to travel; damage to property; and present some health hazards.
WSCC added: “You can keep yourself and your family safe by doing some simple actions: keep up to date with the latest information including by listening to local radio; move important items to a higher level if possible; prepare an emergency grab bag containing bottled water, warm clothes, medicines and other essential items.”