Sussex motorists in warning areas urged to avoid flooded routes

The Aldingbourne Rife in Bersted, Bognor, is high and the Tesco Superstore in Shripney Road remains closed.

The A259 Shripney Road next to the Tesco is flooded and cars are having to drive through high standing water.

The area is in a red flood warning meaning people are urged by the government’s Environment Agency (EA) to act now to prevent damage to their homes and businesses.

It has also warned that scattered showers today mean the river levels will continue to rise.

The Argus: Motorists have been warned to avoid routes which are prone to floodingMotorists have been warned to avoid routes which are prone to flooding (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

A spokesman for the EA said: “Flood water will continue to be near to properties on Durban Road, in Bersted. Flooding will also affect fields near Shripney Lane and the A259, the car park at Tesco on Shripney Road and land and caravans at Riverside Caravan Centre.

“More rain is predicted Monday. Hopefully from Tuesday, March 5, river levels will be able to fall further, but flood impacts could remain in Bersted until next weekend.

“The Aldingbourne Rife might not return nearer to normal until April.”

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The EA is running pumps at Felpham and keeping grilles clear to help reduce the flood risk.

Elsewhere in Sussex, there is a flood warning in Bulverhythe, Hastings, on the Combe Haven.

The EA spokesman added: “River levels in Bulverhythe are still high, but have fallen half a metre since Monday.

“Despite scattered showers Saturday, river levels are forecast to continue to slowly fall until Monday, March 4, when another ten to 20mm of rain is forecast.

“River levels will not fall far or fast. Flooding will continue to affect gardens of properties on Bexhill Road close to the Combe Haven river, and possibly gardens on Bulverhythe Road and riverside areas of Combe Haven Holiday Park.

“In Bulverhythe, each midday and midnight, the incoming tide will cause the water level to rise by approximately 20cm.”