Local schoolchildren playing in the floodwaters around The Hornet in Chichester

Quarter of a century since Sussex's flooding disaster

It’s been quarter of a century since the rain-swollen River Lavant burst its banks after hours of torrential rain, flooding Chichester, Bognor Regis, and Midhurst.

The area south of the Downs was most heavily affected by the floods which occured in early January 1994, coastal areas being hit first, followed by water lapping at shop doors in central Chichester.

Anxious traders keeping a late night watch at their premises as the floodwater rises

5. Late watch

Anxious traders keeping a late night watch at their premises as the floodwater rises
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Gallant Philip Fogden gives Debbie Lawrence a lift through the flood at North End Road, near Barnham

6. Knight rescues fair lady

Gallant Philip Fogden gives Debbie Lawrence a lift through the flood at North End Road, near Barnham
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Ruth O'Connell, landlady of Singleton's Horse and Groom pub, mopping up. The car park had been flooded and water started pouring into the dining room. "Water is coming up through the floor," she said. "We have run out of sandbags"

7. Flooding in Singleton

Ruth O'Connell, landlady of Singleton's Horse and Groom pub, mopping up. The car park had been flooded and water started pouring into the dining room. "Water is coming up through the floor," she said. "We have run out of sandbags"
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Ellen Huxley and Sylvia Jones watch for the rising water from behind the sandbags in The Hornet

8. Sandbags in Chichester

Ellen Huxley and Sylvia Jones watch for the rising water from behind the sandbags in The Hornet
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