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The BBC's Duncan Kennedy
"More rain is forecast"
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Tuesday, 10 October, 2000, 18:45 GMT 19:45 UK
England braces for more bad weather
Flooding in Yorkshire this summer
The UK has suffered a number of floods this year
The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for 17 rivers across England after heavy rain on Monday and the expectation of further downpours on Tuesday.

Weather forecasters have predicted gales along the south coast with an further inch of rainfall adding to Monday night's deluge.

Hundreds of properties in Hampshire, West and East Sussex were affected and after drains and rivers overflowed under the pressure of the downpour.


We are very concerned that more heavy rain will cause a repeat of what we saw last night

Jo Warburton
Environment Agency
Flood warnings have now been issued on certain rivers in the South East, South West, Midlands and Yorkshire.

Click here to see a list of rivers in England with flood warnings

The Isle of Wight suffered badly on Monday as 41mm of rain fell by midnight, more than half the island's total October average rainfall.

Property in the Ryde area was badly hit as the Monkton Mead swelled to dangerously high levels. Flood warnings were issued on the River Medina, from Chale to Newport.

Flooded homes

Worst hit was the town of Wroxall, where 56.6mm of rain fell, the highest reading in the south.

Firefighters in West Sussex received more than 130 calls to flooded homes, shops and main roads throughout the evening.

Homes in Bognor Regis had to be evacuated as drains failed to cope with standing water. The Environment Agency sent its emergency planning unit to the scene.

There were added problems when more than 30 firefighters were diverted from the floods to tackle a house fire in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. A man and a woman were treated at hospital for smoke inhalation.

More than 20 firefighters were called to rescue 51 sheep trapped by flood water in a field at Chiddingly, near Hailsham in East Sussex.

They were led to a safe patch of farmland by East Sussex Fire Brigade's animal rescue unit.

Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne also suffered localised flooding and several minor weather-related car accidents, although no-one was seriously injured.

In Kent, property was hit by minor floods in Tonbridge Wells, Edenbridge, Datford and Tenterden.

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English rivers with flood warnings:

  • Yorkshire: The Ouse at York and Naburn Lock and the Calder at Mytholmroyd Sports Ground.

  • Midlands: The Leam from Marton to Leamington, the Avon upstream of Rugby, the Wye from Buxton to Rowlsey, the Wreake and the Trent.

  • Surrey: The Mole from Gatwick to Leatherhead.

  • Dorset: The Wriggle and the Brue.

  • Devon: The Dart and the Barle.

  • East Sussex: The Ouse from Lindfield to Barcombe, the Cuckmere from Hellingly to Shermans Bridge and the Uck.

  • West Sussex: The Arun, the Adur and the Western Rother.

  • Kent: The Eden Brook from Crowhurst to Penshurst, the Lesser Teise from Lamberhurst to Yalding, the Burne from Hadlow to East Peckham, the Rother from Myfield to Newenden, the Eden and the Teise.

  • Hampshire: The Test Valley in Eastern Hampshire and the Eastern Yar.

  • Isle of Wight: The Monkton Mead in Ryde, and the Medina.
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