Uckfield flood wall is ready

Uckfield’s flood wall has been completed

Workmen this week have been clearing the site at the Somerfield car park next to the River Uck.

Environment Agency contractors have been working all summer to build a wall around the car park. Vehicular access is now over a ramp.

A flood gate has been provided for disabled, pram and trolley access to the supermarket. An embankment has been built between the ramp and the disused public lavatories.

The new defence will prevent floodwater flowing across the car park and then back into the river, helping to avoid flooding in the High Street.

The Environment Agency said the wall will offer a big improvement to the town’s defences but will not solve the problem of flooding.

It will reduce the flood risk to about 30 properties and would have prevented seven out of the last nine floods to hit the town since 1960.

The cost of the wall is about £1.5million. Earlier this year the Agency completed works at Buxted, where the river flows under the A272, to reduce the flood risk at that spot.

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