Homes at risk of flooding at Crowhurst

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Homes at Crowhurst are at risk of flooding warned the Environment Agency as heavy rain and gale-force winds battered the Rye and Battle area overnight.

The warning was issued by the Environment Agency at 6.49am this morning.

The affected area is Powdermill Stream at Crowhurst from the Post Office to the Recreation Ground South of Sandrock Hill Road.

The warning stated: “Rainfall overnight on an already saturated catchment has caused the river to respond rapidly and flooding to some property and infrastructure is now expected.

“Locations most at risk are the recreation ground and properties between the Plough public house and the junction of Sampsons Lane on Sandrock Hill. The weather will remain unsettled for the next few days with further showery conditions likely and this may have a further impact on the river.

“Based on current conditions and likely rise in water levels residents should take action now to prepare for expected property flooding.”

By 11pm on Wednesday night the Environment Agency had issued 52 Flood Alerts - the lowest of three warning alerts that means flooding is ‘possible’

They included the River Rother and it’s tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, including; Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Bodiam.

Also on Flood Alert was the River Tillingham and Brede and Rye’s Tilling Green estate.

Flood barriers were brought into use at Robertsbridge.

The higher levels of warning are Flood Warning, which means immediate action is required and Severe Flood Warning, which means life is at risk.

The Met Office issued ‘Yellow’ warnings for the area for wind and rainfall.

In the Rye area the Environment Agency said some flooding to low lying land, footpaths and roads was expected.

A spokesman said : “Property flooding is not currently expected, but we will be monitoring the situation closely. If property flooding is expected we will issue Flood Warnings.”