River Uck stabilises – flooding fear recedes for now

Update at 2pm, December 20: 

Water levels on the River Uck are falling at both Uckfield and Buxted.

The River Uck at Buxted at 12.45pm was 2.961m and falling.

At the same time, the river level was 1.793m at the upstream Uckfield mill and also falling.

The highest level ever recorded at the River Uck at Uckfield Mill upstream was 1.49m, reached on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1am.

The highest level ever recorded at the River Uck at Buxted was 3.00m, reached on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 3:45am.

A flood alert remains in place for the Uck.

It says:

Flooding will continue until approximately noon tomorrow (December 21) in Isfield but will be over earlier through Buxted and Uckfield.

Locations affected will include riverside properties through Buxted, near the White Hart pub, and areas around Hempstead Mill.

In Uckfield, this will include the Roller Mill, Mill Lane, River Way, Bridge Cottage and Bell Walk, and also around Isfield Mill and Isfield Bridge in Isfield.

The odd isolated shower is possible during Friday and Saturday morning, with widespread rain predicted between 3pm and 9pm on Saturday and this rain could cause river levels to rise again.

Update at 1pm, December 20:  It looks as if the River Uck has stabilised. Water levels haven’t risen for the last hour.

An Environment Agency flood warning given yesterday at 8.25pm remains in place, and there is concern that rain tonight and tomorrow afternoon could cause river levels to rise again.

The Environment Agency message should be updated by 2pm today. See it here: Flood warning information service – River Uck.


Flood boards protect The Station pub, but it looks as if the River Uck levels have stabilised now.


View of Hempstead Meadow from Olives Meadow where residents were fitting flood defences.


Update at 12.34pm, December 20: A train has arrived in Uckfield – the first since flooding halted services today – and the plan is for it to travel to London Bridge.


Update at 12.19pm, December 20: It’s looking as if the level of the River Uck has peaked, but the Environment Agency is still standing by and flood preparations are continuing at Millington Court.

Update at 11.50am, December 20: The situation continues to deteriorate. Flood precautions are now being taken at Millington Court retirement housing in Mill Lane.

A stench is now coming from the river and this is believed to be effluent from a pig farm which is under water at Buxted.


10.45am: Pig farm under water at Buxted opposite the White Hart pub. Picture: Ian Ritchie.


10.45am: The River Uck next to the White Hart at Buxted. Picture: Ian Ritchie.



The River Uck as seen from Alexandra Road, Uckfield.

Update at 11.41am, December 20: The River Uckfield has now breached its banks upstream of the Roller Mill and is flowing into Mill Lane, around the Roller Mill and back into the river.


The bridge upstream of the Roller Mill in Uckfield town centre. The River Uckfield is now flowing into Mill Lane, around the Roller Mill and back into the Uck.


The River Uck flowing into Mill Lane.

Update at 11.37am, December 20: Reports from the scene say the River Uck is close to breaking its banks in Uckfield Town Centre.

The Environment Agency is on standby but the flood gates are not yet closed. There are lots of cars  in the Waitrose car park.

Report at 11.20am: The sun is coming out but river levels are continuing to rise on the Uck and under the town centre bridge.

The pipe which is always used as an indicator of how high the water is has now completely disappeared and Hempstead Meadow is completely under water.


The pipe across the River Uck which can normally be seen from the town centre bridge has now disappeared.

At 9.30am the pipe was still visible. Water was just touching it.

River Uck at 9.30am on December 20

River Uck at 9.30am on December 20.


Hempstead Meadow under water.

Read earlier Uckfield News reports about flood warnings and cancelled trains here.

See also:

Plans for four homes on industrial estate

Tree for a Tree scheme under way in Uckfield

Councillors agree to increase their own allowances

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