Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes as Lewes was devastated by some of the worst flooding in decades. The River Ouse burst its banks following three days of exceptionally heavy rain.
Huge areas of the town were submerged as torrents of water gushed down the High Street. The train station was closed as the water reached platform level.
The rain continued to fall and the water rose dramatically. The main flooding began at 1pm and peaked at 9.30pm. Schools closed early and parts of the town were shut off as police closed bridges.
RNLI crews were swift to react rescuing people from their water-logged homes, often with their pets in tow. In total 613 houses and 207 businesses were flooded.
The town was cut in half for three days. Over 140 people spent the night at two rest centres.
River levels began to fall noticeably on the morning of October 13th and some residents were able to return to their homes. The devastation was massive - the total cost of the flooding was given as £88 million.
Famously, barrels of beer from Harveys brewery floated down the River Ouse.
Harveys was out of production for nine days, but it took the company two years to recover completely. An ale was produced to mark the floods and christened Ouse Booze. The profits went to the flood appeal.
As well as destroying homes and businesses, 503 cars were written off by the flood waters.
As part of the recovery effort a helpline was set up for two hours a day. It received 190 calls from people distressed by the impact the flooding had on their lives.
The RNLI has now set up a dedicated flood rescue team designed to respond to emergencies like the Lewes floods and more recently, those in Cumbria. Millions has been spent on flood defences, the most recent were completed in March 2010 in the Cliffe area.
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