The risks from flooding are an important issue
across West Sussex with nearly 28,000 properties threatened from
the coast and rivers.
The coastline of the county is generally
low-lying with many of our towns and villages located near rivers.
As a result we are vulnerable to flooding from the sea, rivers, as
well as surface and ground water following heavy rainfall.
Due to climate change the risk of flooding
will increase as sea levels rise, winter rainfall increases and
flash storms become more frequent.
The County Council has a comprehensive Flood Response Plan that
can be activated as soon as the Environment Agency advises
widespread flooding is likely.
The plan includes evacuation, setting up rest centres, transport
and recovery. However, the responsibility for protecting property
from flooding rests with individuals.
The County Council will always help to advise residents and
businesses to check whether they are at risk from flooding and to
take steps to protect their property.
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