West Sussex families urged to attend flood events

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Residents in West Sussex are being urged to get involved in a number of new Flood Fairs to help protect their homes against water.

It is part of a new Environment Agency campaign to prepare people in the county for flooding on roads as well as from the sea and nearby rivers.

The month-long drive was launched after heavy rain severely affected more than 500 homes on the south coast in June.

Now several Flood Fairs are being held in the worst affected areas for homeowners and businesses to help defend their properties.

The Fairs will be fronted by experts from West Sussex County Council, the Fire and Rescue Service, Southern Water and the Environment Agency.

The first takes place on Tuesday October 23 on Bracklesham Bay’s Beach Avenue, PO20 8HU, before moving to Littlehampton High Street, BN17 6EU, a day later.

They will then travel to the Regis Centre in Bognor, PO21 1BL, on Wednesday November 7, along with a number of top retailers who will be showcasing new equipment for protecting houses.

Christine Field, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “One in six properties in the county is at risk of flooding so it is vitally important that people know how to defend their families and homes.

“Our coastline is low-lying and many of our towns and villages are vulnerable to flooding from the sea and rivers as well as after heavy rainfall.

“I urge everyone in West Sussex to attend the Fairs to find out what help is available – while we will also be encouraging people to sign-up for free flood warning services.”

The events all run from 2pm until 6.30pm.