River Uck from Uckfield town bridge this morning at 9.30am

Uckfield flooding danger today and trains halted

Latest updates can now be seen here: River level continues to rise through Uckfield.

Update at 10am, December 20

There are now no trains between Uckfield and Hurst Green. Earlier Crowborough station had services but they were slow due to flooding in places.

Sussex Police officer Insp James Scott has urged motorists not to travel at present if at all possible.

The River Uck at Buxted is 3.139m and rising which is above normal.

The previous highest level of the Uck at this location was 3.00m, reached on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at 3:45am.

At Uckfield’s upstream mill the level at the same time (9.15am) was 1.39m and rising fast, according to our reporter who visited.

The highest level ever recorded at the River Uck at Uckfield Mill upstream was 1.49m, reached on Tuesday, February 10 2009 at 1:00am.

Hempstead Mill in Hempstead Lanes towards the Sussex Horse Trust at about 10.15am this morning

Hempstead Mill in Hempstead Lane towards the Sussex Horse Trust at about 10.15am this morning

Although the ran has eased, the River Uck will continue to rise because of water flowing off the slopes above Buxted where the river rises.

Further afield the M23 is closed. A river has burst its banks and water has poured on to the motorway.

Today’s original detailed story with details of flood warnings for Uckfield, Buxted and Isfield and photographs from Uckfield town centre is below.

Flooding is likely near the River Uck in Buxted and Uckfield is on alert after a night of rain.

Rail services to and from Uckfield and Buxted are suspended due to flooding.

Passengers are advised by train operator Southern to make their own way to Crowborough or Oxted for services, although there is also flooding reported on the line at Hever.

To make matters worse, services on the Brighton Line are also suspended.

Roads ‘under water’

The heavy overnight rain has left many roads under water.

The River Uck is also expected to flood in places.

A Flood Warning is in place at Buxted and a Flood Alert for Uckfield.

The Flood information Service says:

FOR BUXTED

“Flooding is expected – immediate action required

“Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are high and rising on the River Uck.

“Flooding is expected from 06:30. Locations to be affected will include riverside properties through Buxted, near the White Hart pub and areas around Hempstead Mill.

“The widespread rain should clear from 09:00, leaving a largely dry day Friday, apart from isolated showers.

Further rain tomorrow

“Widespread rain will return from 15:00 Saturday (December 21).

“River levels will continue to rise until 15:00 (December 20) but further increases should be expected Saturday evening following the next band of rain.

“Flood protection products are recommended to be installed in Buxted now, if you have them and take steps to reduce the impact of flooding.”

FOR UCKFIELD

Flooding is possible – be prepared

“In Uckfield the Roller Mill, Mill Lane, River Way, Bridge Cottage and Bell Walk, Uckfield may be affected.

Water swirling through the Roller Mill at Uckfield this morning

Water swirling through the Roller Mill at Uckfield this morning

“The river should initially peak by 17:00 today but rain Friday night and Saturday afternoon could cause river levels to rise again.”

The advice is to instal flood protection devices and the flood sign at the bottom of the High Street will operate.

upstream-roller-mill

Upstream of the Roller Mill.

Hempstead Meadows

Hempstead Meadows

Waitrose car park, Uckfield

Waitrose car park, Uckfield

A view of Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve

A view of Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve

Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve which is part of the River Uck flood plain

Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve which is part of the River Uck flood plain

FOR ISFIELD

Flooding is expected – immediate action required

Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week, and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are high and rising on the River Uck. Flooding is expected from 11:00.

Locations to be affected will include properties near Isfield Mill and Isfield Bridge. Fields, gardens and rural roads will also be affected by flooding.

TRAINS

The railway line is particularly badly affected at the Crowborough tunnel, which is south of the town.

This is preventing trains passing.

Hever tunnel is also flooded with trains only going through slowly.

There is ticket acceptance on Southeastern Trains, meaning passengers can travel from Tunbridge Wells.

ROADS

The A26 north of Uckfield is reported as flooded at Herons Ghyll with traffic delays.

Particular bad spots on the roads in the wider Uckfield area are Mayfield Flats flooded with traffic queuing all the way into Heathfield/Eastbourne junction.

The road from Uckfield to Framfield and on to Blackboys is also flooded but passable with care.

Uckfield Town Council has Tweeted: “Lots of surface water and flooding on the roads this morning. Road was bad on entrance to Framfield from Blackboys side so please take care.”

Wealden Police have Tweeted: “With heavy rainfall overnight,roads are very wet out there today, with flooding in some areas.”

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

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

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