Homes were wrecked, traffic was brought to a standstill, schools were closed, care homes were evacuated and residents had to be rescued from their cars as the flooding battered the area this week.
One of the worst-hit areas was Bracklesham Caravan and Boat Club and the nearby Sussex Beach holiday village in Earnley.
The holiday sites were still flooded yesterday with many caravans still surrounded by water. Firefighters used life rafts to get to the sites to help rescue more than 20 people across the two sites.
General manager of Sussex Beach holiday village Alan Chamberlain said: “The top end of the site was most affected, nearest to the beach. We had to move people out of their bungalows and either put them in another bungalow or moved them to the pub.
“Access to the site is difficult. Water had got into bungalows on Tuesday morning. The Environment Agency has been digging an extra channel for the water. Basically, too much water had come in too short a time.”
Manorfield care home at Clappers Lane in Earnley was also affected by the flood waters. Around eight people had to be rescued from the Bracklesham site.