Storm batters Bognor Regis

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STRONG gales and high tides continued to batter Bognor Regis today, January 3.

The high tide of 6.3m at 12.22pm was accompanied by a gale force nine wind to send spray across the promenade as the waves crashed against the shingle.

The conditions were worsened by rain from the overcast sky.

A few people braved the conditions to experience them.

Among them were Mark Dredged, 50, of Orchard Way, his children Sky Dredge, eight, and Jake Dredge, ten, and his partner, Tracy Hedges, 42.

Mark said: “It’s certainly different from the summer. I’ve lived here for seven years but I’ve never seen the sea like this before.

“I’ve seen it rough but this is something else.”

They walked along the front to Butlin’s, where it was closed, to the Regis Centre and back.

The stormy weather, with a south-westerly wind gusting up to 49mph, led the promenade in front of Butlin’s in Felpham to be closed on Friday.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert between Selsey Bill and Elmer for January 3.

It said the early afternoon high tide was due to be the highest of a series of high tides.

“Spray from high waves may reach beach-side properties along the coast between Selsey and Elmer.

“Tides will remain high over the weekend but should not be as high as today.”

Motorists also faced misery. The A29 at Shripney was closed between Sack Lane and the Robin Hood hotel on Thursday, January 2, because of flooding caused by weeks of deluges.

A statement from West Sussex County Council said: “The road closure is likely to be in place until water levels in the area fall. A signed diversion is in operation.”

The closure means Stagecoach bus route 66 is unable to serve the Robin Hood, Lidsey, Woodgate and Barnett Close in Westergate.