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Disruption continues after Storm Henk across south-east England

  • By Hamish Mureddu-Reid & Shola Lee
  • BBC News, South East

image source, BBC/Hanna Neter

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The Cuckmere River has flooded the Hellingly-Alfriston area in East Sussex

Travelers and people living near rivers across south-east England are feeling the impact of Storm Henk.

Six flood warning and 49 flood warnings remain in place across Kent, East and West Sussex and Surrey.

The A21 in East Sussex has reopened after being closed due to fallen trees on the road on Wednesday.

Two people were taken to hospital on Tuesday after a tree fell and landed on their van on the A22 in Ashdown Forest.

Kent County Council’s highways strategic resilience manager, Toby Howe, has warned motorists to take extra care.

“The entire ground is still very well saturated,” he said.

“We have a lot of water flowing from the fields to the lowest point which is usually the main road.

“There will be a lot of water and a lot of debris from fallen branches and trees.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain across southern England, with 20-30mm of rain forecast between 12:00 Thursday and 03:00 Friday. It said rainfall could reach 40-50mm.

Train disruption

There is disruption in some areas of Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express while infrastructure repairs are carried out.

Southern Rail also said delays were expected due to ongoing repairs between Uckfield, Buxted and Crowborough in East Sussex.

South Western Railway said trees have fallen on routes across its network and there may be changes to some services today as trains and crews may be unavailable.

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A tree fell onto the tracks near Swanley station in Kent

A spokesperson for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said the company – which operates Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink – was working with Network Rail to ensure as many services as possible remained running on schedule.

“We have now cleared most of the rows of fallen trees and other debris, and we continue to work diligently to resume normal service,” he said.

“However, most routes will continue to be disrupted until around midday when we restore our timetables.”

Flood

The Environment Agency said Cuckmere River levels in East Sussex are expected to fall, which could help ease flooding near Hellingly and Alfriston.

However, with 20-30mm of rain forecast for Thursday, the area is likely to experience more flooding before the weekend.

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Sunbury residents are anxiously monitoring water levels in the River Thames

Flooding is also possible on the River Ouse at Barcombe Mills.

There are also flood warnings in place for West Sussex on the River Adur near Shermanbury, Western Rother at Flittleworth and between Lodsbridge and Shopham Bridge.

In Kent, there is a flood warning on the River Medway for Forest Row, Ashurst, Hartfield and Penshurst, as well as between Yalding and Alfriston, and between Tonbridge and Yalding.

A warning is also in force on the River Beult between Pluckley and Bethersden to Stilebridge.

UK Power Networks said some customers in the Pirbright area were without power due to problems with overhead power lines. The company said it restored power around 2:30 p.m. and apologized for any disruption caused.

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