Saturday, 1 February 2014

Weather prompts warning from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is warning people not to take risks as storms hit.

There is particular concern about the Bulverhythe area where river levels are high, the ground is saturated and high tide is due in the early hours of tomorrow morning (2nd Feb).

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is warning firefighters will have limited ability to help as there is nowhere to pump the huge amount of excess water.

People living in the area are being urged to use sandbags to protect their properties, move possessions upstairs and isolate power supplies where possible.

As of 18.00 (1 Feb 2014) a limited number of sandbags are being made available for locals by Hastings Borough Council at the eastern car park of Bulverhythe Recreation ground.

There are a number of flood alerts in place. The latest information can be found online at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/default.aspx or by calling the Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

On the roads* Slow down and keep your distance from the vehicles in front of you
* Don't attempt to drive through floodwater - you don't know how deep it is or whether there are hidden obstacles
* Make sure your lights and windscreen wipers are fully working before setting out
* Check your route before you set off by going to the Sussex police website: http://www.sussex.police.uk/
* Stay alert to the danger of fallen trees - it is possible more may come down after the heavy rain softened the ground - branches and leaves can also make the roads more treacherous

Near rivers and beaches

* Don't risk your safety by going near flooded rivers - the water may be moving much faster than you think
* Stay away from waves on the seafront - you can easily get knocked off your feet
* If you have dogs, keep them on a lead if you go near rivers or the sea so they stay safe as well
* Don't walk through flood water - you don't know what's under the water line

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