Last updated: 9.30am 22 November 2023
Please check the Met Office weather warnings website for the latest information.
Environment Agency alerts remain in place in parts of the county. The live updates also link through to advice on preparing for potential flooding.
- Please plan ahead and anticipate hazards on the road, including standing water and fallen trees.
- Be cautious around coastal and flooded areas and stay away from the water’s edge.
- Check back here for further information and check in with your service providers and other emergency services for their updates.
Flooding update from West Sussex Highways:
Thank you to everyone for your patience while our Highways teams continue to tackle flooding on the road network.
Persistent, torrential downpours saturated the ground, pushed ground water levels up to and, in some cases, above saturation point. Unfortunately, even the most efficient highway drainage systems can be overwhelmed in these severe conditions, forcing some roads to be flooded. Privately-owned land surrounding the highway will often be overwhelmed in these circumstances, too. In some areas, highway drainage is reliant on a surrounding watercourse, such as a stream: if the watercourse is over capacity, highway water cannot drain away. This has been the cause in many of the recent road closures.
Residents are urged to please plan ahead and check the Met Office weather warnings website for the latest information, anticipate hazards on the road, including standing water. Please always adhere to road closure signs: they are in place for everyone’s safety.
As we head into the colder season, you can find information on how we manage our roads in winter, including gritting and clearing snow and ice, on our website. Updates on our gritting operations will be issued via our WSHighways Twitter account.
Bognor Regis roads update:
The A29, Shripney Road, between Nyton and the Shripney Road Bypass roundabout, has now been reopened following recent flooding, caused by the persistent heavy rain.
The highway drainage in this area had been thoroughly inspected this year and was working as it should : unfortunately, until now, the rain water could not drain into the already-saturated surrounding land, which in turn was trying to drain into the nearby Aldingbourne Rife tributaries, which were over their capacity.
The A29 Shripney Road, between Orchard Way roundabout and Oaklands roundabout: road was fully reopened on Saturday afternoon.
Recent rainfall figures in West Sussex:
These have been striking: the Chichester and Bognor Regis figures for October are 302 per cent and 341 per cent above the average norm. The rainfall figure for Bognor Regis in October was 274mm and 250mm in Chichester. To put this in perspective, the long-term average rainfall for West Sussex during October is 62.2mm.
Some schools may take the decision to close as a result of the severe weather. Your child’s school should let you know if they are affected. We will update our webpage with information on closures as we receive details from schools. Find a school, academy or college - West Sussex County Council