WARNINGS are in place as the South East is set to be hit by ten days of rain and high winds.
The Environment Agency is preparing for heavy rainfall and is encouraging communities to take action to prepare for the risk of flooding.
Rivers across the South East are rising in response to the recent heavy rainfall that has been experienced across the region. With the potential for more heavy rainfall over the next four days, there is a high probability of further river, coastal, and groundwater flooding.
A flood alert for the River Lavant, and a warning of groundwater flooding in Singleton and West Dean remains in place.
Dave Bedlington, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “The forecast suggests that a lot of rain could fall across the South East over the next few days, and with river and groundwater levels already high and responsive this could lead to further property flooding in the coming days.
“Environment Agency teams are working around the clock to prepare for the rainfall by operating pumping stations, issuing Flood Warnings, and checking that flood banks, walls, and barriers are working effectively.
“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and we are urging communities to prepare in advance by signing up for free Flood Warnings and to take action if they receive one. A Flood Warning indicates that property flooding is expected and immediate action is required.”
The Met Office predicts high winds in Sussex tomorrow (February 5), with heavy rain starting on Thursday afternoon.
The heavy rain warning is in place from Thursday until Saturday.
Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
For updates on the weather in Sussex, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk