New flood alert for Crawley and Horley

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The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert this afternoon (Monday December 30) for Ifield Brook and Upper River Mole.

The waterways are already high due to last week’s heavy rain and, as a result of today’s rain, the agency has issued another alert for the following areas: Ifield, Lowfield Heath, Charlwood, Hookwood, Bewbush, Furnace Green, Maidenbower, Crawley, Horley and Copthorne.

An Environment Agency statement says: “River levels are rising in response to rainfall this morning (Monday) and are expected to overtop banks in places during the rest of Monday. Flooding of low lying land and roads is likely but property flooding is not currently expected.

“The weather forecast is for further bands of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday which may cause further flooding to these areas. The river catchments are very sensitive to rainfall so are more responsive than usual. We are monitoring conditions and are working in the catchments to maintain free flowing channels.”




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