Around 50 Ifield residents, armed with buckets, have converged on Ifield Green to help bale flood water from several homes.
Residents in Ifield Green reported the whole road lost power at around midnight.
One resident said: “People from all over the community have come to help.”
Twenty-two elderly residents are spending Christmas Eve in the Civic Hall, Crawley, after being evacuated from a nursing home due to flooding.
The pensioners, from The Gables, in Ifield Green, were escorted from their home at around 7am this morning (Christmas Eve).
A further 10 pensioners are still to be evacuated.