The River Uck level is almost at the pipe which can be seen from the town bridge. Picture: Oldfield Smith

Flood alert on River Uck

Update, 9.55am Friday, January 9, 2015: The River Uck has settled again. See the latest live pictures on the River Uck Webcam.

Update at 7.30pm, Thursday, January 8, 2015: A flood alert is still in place for the River Uck but water levels in Uckfield are falling.

The latest figures from the Environment Agency show that the level at Uckfield Mill is down from 1.41 metres at 3pm today to 1.38 at 5.37pm.

Images from the Oldfield Smith River Uck Webcam at 7.30pm show the level falling too. See below:


7.30pm: Water levels in the River Uck are falling this evening.

Earlier pictures which can be seen below, show the river rising.

Our original story: A flood alert has been issued for the River Uck – primarily because of river levels rising at Isfield this afternoon.

The Environment Agency says heavy rainfall has caused river levels to rise.

“The rain has now largely cleared to the East and only a very small amount of rain is expected in the next few days.

“River levels have largely peaked at the top of the catchment – through Buxted and Hempstead, where further river rise should be relatively small.

“River levels may rise further this afternoon along the lower reaches. This flood alert is primarily issued in anticipation of river levels rising at Isfield this afternoon.”

The river level at Uckfield Mill at 3pm was 1.41 metres. Typically it is between 0.30 metres and 1.30 metres.

The highest river level recorded at this location is 1.49 metres. This height was reached on February 10, 2009. The latest figures can be found on the Environment Agency website here.

Water is flowing across the Hempstead Meadows Nature Reserve, which is part of the River Uck flood plain.


4.17pm A view of the River Uck from the Oldfield Smith webcam in their Mill Lane offices.


A view of the River Uck from the Oldfield Smith Webcam at 3.15pm.

Hempstead Meadows Nature Reserve January 8 2015

Water is building up on the Hempstead Meadows Nature Reserve.

Water pouring off nature reserve Jan 8 2015

Water pours of the Hempstead Meadows Nature Reserve and into the Uck.

The video below shows water pouring off the nature reserve into the River Uck.


The latest pictures from the River Uck Webcam can be seen here. (Be patient they take a while to load).

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