Thursday, October 12th, 2000. People across Sussex awake after a night which had seen fourteen inches of rain. The River Ouse broke its banks and both Lewes and Uckfield - shown here - faced up to days of work and costs estimated at millions.
It was the equivalent of a month's rain in a single day. Lewes, the historic county capital of East Sussex, was split in two by the rising waters and homes and businesses were flooded out.
The emergency services worked ceaselessly to rescue those trapped in their homes and to try to disperse the waters. Lifeboatmen from the Royal National Lifeboat institution were used in both Uckfield and Lewes.
Transport links were also badly affected. Water rose to cover the tracks at Lewes station. In total 600 homes and 200 businesses were affected - with homeowners forced to move out and businesses starting up in borrowed premises.
An ambulance under water after falling victim to the rising waters. It was just one local cost. Sussex Enterprise estimated that directly after the floods, local businesses were losing a total of £3m every day.
As the clear-up began, so the crooks moved in. Sussex Police warned homeowners to watch out for bogus builders looking to cash in on the devastation caused by the flooding.
The Association of British Insurers estimated the cost of flood damage in Sussex at £80 million. In July 2007 flash floods almost eight inches (203mm) deep covered the main road in Uckfield - equal to nearly a month's rain fell in a few hours.
A shopworker cleans up in Lewes. Work began earlier this year on two £1.5m flood defence schemes designed to reduce the flood risk for 224 properties in Lewes and 30 in Uckfield. Watch BBC South East Today for more Top Ten stories from the past decade.