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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 September 2005, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Hidden road resurfaces in drought
Men carrying a kayak
Water employees carry a beached kayak on the forgotten path
The drought which has hit the south-east of England in 2005 has led to a hidden pathway resurfacing from the depths of a reservoir.

Southern Water's Weir Wood reservoir, near East Grinstead in West Sussex, is experiencing its lowest ever water levels due to a lack of rainfall.

Now the company says a road and brick-built bridge can be seen above its cracked and dry bed.

It used to run through the middle of Weir Wood more than 50 years ago.

The reservoir supplies around 60,000 people in the Crawley area.

Months of below average rainfall, during the second driest winter since 1904, have left it just a third full.

Southern Water is pumping supplies from Hampshire and Sussex to help reduce the use of Weir Wood's depleted reserves.

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