Flooding affects Bognor Regis and surrounding areas – in pictures

Readers have shared their photos showing the extent of the flooding in Bognor Regis and surrounding areas today.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 3:47 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:29 pm
Flooding in Chichester Road. Photo by Gemma Kezia Williams

Heavy rainfall has led to widespread flooding in Sussex, with Sussex Police warning motorists this morning to avoid travelling if possible.

The M23 was closed in both directions for several hours, and there was also major disruption on the railway lines.

Roads and fields in Bognor and the surrounding areas have been submerged.

A field in Pagham. Photo by Lisa Edington

The county council said Pagham Road in Pagham, Colworth Lane and Woodhorn Lane in Oving had been closed due to the flooding.

Reader Lisa Edington sent photos of a field at Sefter Road/Hook Lane in Pagham which was totally covered in rainwater.

She said the council had earmarked the field for new homes, adding: “Absolute madness! Us locals have renamed the field Sefter Lake!”

Gemma Kezia Williams posted a photo of a vehicle submerged in floodwater in Chichester Road near Oving, warning other residents to be careful when driving.

A field in Pagham. Photo by Lisa Edington

She wrote: “Didn’t see this at 6.45am on the school run this morning and ploughed straight through it until I hit the middle of it, my car is now flooded please be careful out there as you can see the aftermath of my car now abandoned.”
Stephen Humphries took photos of a waterlogged Bersted Park, joking: “We have a new lake!”

Tracey Wedge said Southway playground was also affected by the flooding.

Benjamin Wheeler said: “From the train you can see in the fields each side almost up to the train tracks.”

A flood alert is in place for the Aldingbourne and Barnham Rifes.

North Bersted. Photo by Tom Bryant

A statement on the Government’s website reads: “Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week, and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are high on the Aldingbourne and Barnham Rifes.

“Flooding will continue until approximately 6pm on 23/12.

“Locations affected will include the supermarket car park, and caravan parks in Bersted and Marshall Close, Lake Lane and the Barnham Trading Post in Barnham.

“The odd isolated shower is possible during Friday and Saturday morning, with widespread rain predicted between 3pm and 9pm on Saturday (21/12/2019).

Bersted Park. Photo by Stephen Humphries

“Saturday’s rain could cause river levels to rise again and possibly higher.

“Please keep flood protection products in place.

“We will ensure our assets in Barnham and Felpham are working efficiently to reduce flood risk.”

Have you been affected by the flooding? Send your photos to [email protected]

Bersted Park. Photo by Stephen Humphries