Sussex roads still shut and weather forecast points to more traffic chaos
Sussex remains on flood alert after yesterday's deluge that caused chaos in the county, particularly in West Sussex.
Officials from the Environment Agency (EA) warned that more rain is expected and further disruption is likely with the risk of further flooding. The Met Office has warned that there is more rain to come for most of the week in Sussex.
Driving conditions proved to be very difficult in certain parts of the county in the rush hour this morning. Weather forecasters have said that Sussex has received its June rainfall in just one day!
The EA said that surface water will continue to be a threat as drains are full and have no more capacity to accept any more rain water.
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Flood warnings that are in place in Sussex currently include one for Gatwick Airport, the Aldingbourne Rife at Bersted, including Addison Way, Riverside Caravan Park, and the South Bersted industrial estate, West Sussex, the Barnham Rife at Barnham, including the B2233, Lake Lane, Orchard Way, and Downview Road, West Sussex and the Aldingbourne and Lidsey Rifes at Felpham, including the Whitfield Close, the A259, Links Avenue, and Butlins Holiday Centre, West Sussex.
The latest incidents reported in Sussex include a fallen tree near to the junction of the A27 and the A24 in Worthing that caused commuter delays and closed the roads both ways.
A group of elderly residents were rescued in the Elmer area of Bognor and were taken to the Arun rescue centre in Felpham.
Holidaymakers at the Butlin's in Bognor had to be allocated different rooms and new arrivals were turned away as water in some rooms reached waist-height.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue said that the volume of calls had receded overnight and that they are busy pumping out water where they can. This included at the A259 to try and re-open the road.
By 10am the A27 from Chichester to Emsworth was open again.
Crews from Hove Fire Station assisted colleagues in Worthing in clearing water from properties in Littlehampton.
The worst affected areas are in the Felpham and Middleton areas of Bognor with some properties still under five to six feet of water.
There are still problems accessing most routes into Bognor.
Roads that were still closed at 11am this morning include:
Ancton Lane, Bognor; B2149 Station Road, Rustington; B2140 South Terrace between Fitzalan Road and Pier Road; Angmering village; fear river over road on A272 Newbridge just west of Billingshurst; A285 Petworth Bridge to Cottershaw Bridge; Monteswood Lane, Hayward Heath; Ifield Avenue, Crawley; A259 Felpham; A29 Shripney; Elmer Road, Bognor.
The A259 West Sussex in Felpham, Bognor Regis is closed in both directions between the B2132 Middleton Road junction and the Upper Bognor Road junction.
The A281 West Sussex is partially blocked in both directions between the B2116 junction and the A2037 High Street junction in Henfield.
The A29 West Sussex in Shripney, Bognor Regis is closed in both directions near the Shripney Road junction.
Roads that can be passed with care at 11am on Tuesday are the A259 Bognor to Chichester now open; A27 Chichester to Emsworth now open; B2233 Yapton Road open with minor flooding at junction of B2132 but passable.
Julia Sampson, the EA's regional duty manager issued a statement at 11am on Tuesday saying: "With rain forecast for every day this week and potentially heavy rainfall at the weekend, we want people to stay aware of the risk of further flooding.
"Many roads have experienced surface water flooding and motorists are strongly advised to keep out of dangerous flood water and not to attempt to drive through it.
"We are working with the communities who have been affected by flooding over the past few days and we urge everyone to remain vigilant ahead of further rainfall this week. Some rivers have stabilised but others are yet to peak as the water moves through, so we could potentially see further flood alerts and flood warnings being issued.
"We continue to work around the clock with our emergency partners and have been clearing trash screens, closing flood gates, operating flood storage areas, removing debris from known hotspots and warning and informing the public about the possibility of flooding.
"Teams also continue to monitor river levels across the South East and the weather ahead of more rainfall forecast for the remainder of the week."We urge people to check the Environment Agency website for the latest situation and to sign up to flood warnings for your local river."