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.

Dorothy Henly and Suzanne Padley struggle along the road which had turned into a river outside their home at Brooklands Cottages, Walderton

1. River outside Brooklands Cottages

Dorothy Henly and Suzanne Padley struggle along the road which had turned into a river outside their home at Brooklands Cottages, Walderton
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Ted Marshall using sand bags to hold the water back from his home in Stoughton, near Chichester

2. Stoughton flooding

Ted Marshall using sand bags to hold the water back from his home in Stoughton, near Chichester
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Geoffrey Martin carries his dog through the floodwater in Singleton

3. Dry paws

Geoffrey Martin carries his dog through the floodwater in Singleton
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Diana Russell surveys the sandbags outside her shop in The Hornet

4. Protecting premises

Diana Russell surveys the sandbags outside her shop in The Hornet
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