Flood fears for coastal areas in West Sussex

The Environment Agency have been closely monitoring the south coast today ahead of high spring tides that arrived this lunchtime (Wednesday October 17).

Fears were the high tides could combine with gusts of wind causing flood surges in some parts of Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

A flood warning has been issued for the Bosham area, meaning that property flooding is expected later today.

High tide at Chichester Harbour was expected at 1pm today and for two hours either side there has been a risk of overtopping and spray coming over coastal defences.

Coastal roads are likely to be affected in an around Bosham and residents are being warned to remain alert.

Sixteen flood alerts have also been issued for parts of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, where the high tides and storm surges could also see flooding of coastal areas.