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1050am – the Flood Gates behind Waitrose have been closed by the Environment Agency
Its still rising at 15:23hrs Sunday
The latest image at 1235hrs
The AMBER warning for heavy and prolonged rain remains in force until 6pm Sunday 16th February.
What to expect
- Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
- Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
- Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
- It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities are affected by spray and/or large waves
Gusts of 50 mph are expected inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely. The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.
UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts. The map can be checked here for information.
Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.
By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.
Click on the link below, or if you are hesitant to click on link and prefer to search online feel free to do so, to register now, for yourself or somebody who gives you permission to register on their behalf:
UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register
it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if there is a problem, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.
The potential impacts of this are:
Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
Some roads and bridges likely to close
Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties
There is a good chance that power cuts may occur.
Please follow this advice to keep safe and well:
The Met Office website provides clear guidance on what to do before, during and after storms, please visit their website for more information at https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/your-home/stay-safe-in-a-storm .
Weather warning for Monday 10th February here
** TRAINS **
Severe disruption is expected across Network Rail Southern Region on Sunday, as Storm Dennis blows in with 50mph winds.
** SOCIAL MEDIA **
Follow Facebook groups River Uck And Surrounding Areas Flood Group & Uckfield FM for more information.
** HIGHWAYS **
East Sussex Highways – Remember that our emergency line is available on 0345 60 80 193 for fallen trees, flooded roads and any other highway emergency.
** RIVER UCK CAM ** the camera is available here.
National Trust – Sheffield Park Garden will be closed on Sunday 9th February