Thursday, 15 January 2015

Road users reminded of simple steps to stay safe in winter weather

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding road users to slow down, use lights appropriately and leave extra space between vehicles amid predictions of bad weather during this morning (15 January 2015).

A Met Office yellow warning of rain remains in place until 08:00. This means the public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel due to standing water and spray, as well as localised flooding.

Overnight there has been heavy rain at times as well as high winds. This may have left debris or surface water on the roads.

Yesterday, firefighters were called at 18:40 to reports of a dangerous structure on Kingsway in Hove. A canopy was coming off a petrol station. The area was cordoned off and crew gave advice to ensure public safety.

Reporting flooding or blocked roads or pavements

If there is an emergency and lives are at risk, please call 999. 

There are a number of other ways to report less urgent problems. 

If you spot blocked drains, you can find out where to report them here: https://www.gov.uk/report-blocked-drain

East Sussex County Council has advice on its website if you spot a problem on roads or pavements, including obstructions: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/contactus/reportaproblem/streetproblem.htm

Brighton and Hove City Council also has information and contact details available: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/environment/coastal-defence-and-flooding/flooding

The Highways Agency has useful travel updates about England's strategic road network, including reports of flooding: http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/

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