THE Environment Agency is closely monitoring the south coast today (Wednesday, October 17) ahead of high spring tides this lunchtime.
The high tides could combine with gusts of wind causing flood surges in some parts of Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
A flood warning has been issued for the Bosham area, meaning property flooding is expected later today.
High tide at Chichester Harbour is expected at 1pm.
For two hours either side there is a risk of overtopping and spray coming over coastal defences.
Coastal roads are likely to be affected in and around Bosham and residents are being warned to remain alert.
Sixteen flood alerts have also been issued for parts of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, where the high tides and storm surges could see flooding of coastal areas.
Some parts of the Isle of Wight saw localised flooding of roads following heavy rainfall last night.
Environment Agency staff have worked through the night monitoring high tide levels, closing sea defences, checking pumping stations and making sure professional partners are aware of the situation and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the week.
Environment Agency area manager James Humphrys said: “With the high spring tides, and anticipated wind surges, our teams are working hard to ensure we are prepared and are working with our professional partners to make sure the public are aware of the risk.
“We are receiving regular weather updates from the Met Office, continuously monitoring both tidal conditions and river levels and have had officers out overnight checking flood defences and closing flood gates.
“People should be aware there could be a lot of water in coastal areas, so avoid trying to drive or walk through any flood water and be sensible when out and about, particularly around the coast.
“Now is a good time for anyone who lives in an area vulnerable to flooding to think about the precautions they can take to protect their properties.”
The Environment Agency provides a 24-hour flood warning service.
Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service that gives advance warning of flooding by telephone, mobile, fax or pager.
To register for the service, or for advice call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
Further advice and latest information on flood warnings is also available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.