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Flood warning for West Sussex

People in West Sussex are being warned of heavy thunderyrain overnight tonight.

The county council is advising people to be prepared for localised flooding as well as frequent lightning.

Travel is likely to be disrupted with journey times expected to increase due to the intense weather.

The amber weather warning from the Met Office advises that torrential rain should be expected, with a chance of hail.

30mm or more of rain could fall in an hour with rainfall in excess of 50mm possible in two to three hours.

The weather is expected to improve on Thursday.

Environment Agency warns of potential flooding in South East overnight

People in South East advised to check their local flood risk with Environment Agency

People living across the South East are being warned about possible flooding tonight because of predictions of thunder storms across Kent and Sussex. Heavy rain is predicted to fall overnight on Wednesday into Thursday. The Met Office has warned of the potential of localised flooding in areas in the south east of England, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The Environment Agency will have an incident room open. The organisation also has teams out working on the ground.

“Thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy rain at times across the south east overnight (Wednesday) into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning, which may lead to surface water flooding in some communities, and significant disruption to travel, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. There is also a risk of flooding from smaller, faster responding rivers in built-up areas.

‘’People are advised to check their flood risk at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188. Also, people should stay safe by not going near or trying to drive through fast moving water. Just 30cm of floodwater is enough to move a car.’’

– Ian Nunn, Environment Agency Manager

Multi-million pound flood defence work to get underway

Floods in Berkshire Credit: ITV News Meridian

A Berkshire town is set to benefit from a £4m grant to protect it from flooding.

Thatcham was amongst the worst hit places during the 2007 floods. West Berkshire Council say this latest round of Government funding will allow completion of vital flood defence work over the coming years.

This is great news. I'm delighted that we have been given the funding to provide comprehensive flood protection for Thatcham. We have already completed the Cold Ash Scheme and are on track with Tull Way. This cash will now enable us to complete the major elements of the flood protection programme for Thatcham."

– Garth Simpson, Executive Member for Highways & Transport, West Berkshire Council
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