Flooding Update: Flood warnings no longer in place

Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140130-1
Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140130-1

AFTER 24 hours of heavy rainfall and strong winds, the Environment Agency no longer has flood warnings in place for coastal areas around Chichester (February 15).

This comes after firefighters from Chichester, Selsey and East Wittering dealt with dozens of storm-related incidents overnight.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service received around 180 calls last night (February 14), and reports of 150 trees down. Roads were flooded and disruption was caused to trains across the area.

At present, there are no warnings in place for areas including Thorney Island to Bracklesham, Bosham and West Itchenor, West Wittering and Selsey to Elmer.

However, a flood warning does remain in place for the River Lavant from Mid Lavant to Shopwhyke including Chichester.

The Environment Agency said: “The level of the River Lavant remains high, particularly around the Westhampnett and Graylingwell areas.

“The forecast for the rest of Saturday is for scattered, blustery showers. Due to high groundwater flows the level of the River Lavant will remain high.

“The Lavant Flood Alleviation scheme is open to help us manage water levels in the river. With the increase in river levels north of Chichester, we would expect to potentially see some road disruption around the villages of Mid and East Lavant.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message as the situation changes.”

For updates visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk

On the roads, the A29 Westergate Street in Westergate is blocked in both directions between the B2233 Nyton Road junction and the Hook Lane junction, because of flooding (at 6.30pm) and the A29 at Bury Hill is flooded.

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