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Storm Dennis brings risk of heavy flooding- Drivers beware!

Date : 14 February 2020

Driving in heavy rain

With Storm Dennis fast approaching, we would like to remind members of the public of the dangers of flood waters and the risks they face when attempting to drive through them.

At 01:51 this morning, firefighters from Barcombe, Lewes, Uckfield and Crowborough attended Barcombe Mills Road, Barcombe Mills to carry out a water rescue after a member of the public attempted to drive through deep flood water and was stranded.  Crews rescued the driver however, the vehicle had to be left in situ.

The rescue overnight follows 11 rescues from vehicles stranded in water which were undertaken shortly before Christmas.

High likelihood of flooding

As we understand, Storm Dennis is due to bring a large amount of rainfall to East Sussex and we are urging the public to avoid attempting to drive through floodwater. There is a high likelihood of flooding over the weekend, especially on the roads/areas in and around Barcombe Mills, Alfriston, A22 Forest Row and Patcham.

Advice on driving in heavy rain and floods

Driving in heavy rain and flooding can be hazardous. If you must drive, we have compiled a handful of steps you can take to reduce your chances of an accident or breakdown in wet weather.  Click here for advice on driving in heavy rain and floods.

River levels across East Sussex are already high and the surrounding areas are likely to be affected.  If out walking, please avoid walking near rivers and flooded fields. 

Further information

  • Click here to find out about any possible flood warnings in your area provided by the Environment Agency.
  • The Met Office provide accurate weather forecasts and weather warnings for your area.  Click here for accurate weather forecasts.
  • East Sussex Highways provide round the clock updates on any road closures across East Sussex. Click here  to find out about road closures in your area.



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