‘Over the worst’ after flood fears

Water on the A259 Brighton Road in Shoreham on Friday, west of the Norfolk Bridg  S01071H14
Water on the A259 Brighton Road in Shoreham on Friday, west of the Norfolk Bridg S01071H14

THE Environment Agency says Shoreham is over the worst of the weather this week, but the risk of flooding remains.

A flood warning was issued by the Environment Agency for the 12.15pm high tide, with the Sussex Yacht Club, Surry Hard, the Riverside Business Centre, the A259 Brighton Road, Ferry Road and land at Shoreham Airport thought likely to be affected.

After a morning of blue sky, the rain began to fall just before 12.30pm, as the River Adur was at it highest point of the day.

Winds up to force eight whipped around the town centre as the rain continued to fall for around half an hour.

Sandbags had been placed at Sussex Yacht Club and along some properties in Brighton Road the night before, but although the water came partly over the A259, it was nowhere near as deep as it was in the early hours of December 6.

By 1pm, the sun was out again and the water levels were beginning to subside.

The Environment Agency said tides remained high over the weekend, but were not as high as on Friday.

Andrew Gilham, flood and coastal risk manager for the Environment Agency, said: “It’s not unusual to see storms over the winter but we are seeing a succession of weather fronts being thrown in by the jet stream over the southern half of the UK.

“Normally it pushes it further north, so that is why we are seeing a prolonged period of bad weather.”

The ground remains sodden following the rain over the last few weeks and rivers are still high for this time of year.

Mr Gilham added: “We are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue flood warnings and alerts as necessary.

“For the rest of the week, it is going to quieten down, which will give us some respite.

“We are working closely with local authorities and collectively looking at coastline and sea defences, which are performing very well, which shows benefit in investing in them.”

The risk of flooding remains. Check the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call Floodline on 0845 9881188 for the latest information. As well as getting the latest information, people can also sign up for free flood warning services.

There are currently no warnings for Shoreham.