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Flood alert for Groundwater flooding in West Dean, Singleton, Charlton, East Dean and Chilgrove

Very little rainfall has been recorded since 17 January 2023. Groundwater has been able to stabilise, but is still at the very top of our indicator borehole at East Dean, and only falling one or two centimetres each day. No rain is currently forecast in the week ahead. The volume of water flowing along roads will continue to reduce, but groundwater flood impacts are expected to continue until at least mid February 2023. With springs appearing, water flowing in fields and on roads and water in basements or under floorboards of properties in East Dean, Charlton, Singleton and West Dean. Groundwater will also continue to impact the ability of the sewage network to operate. Long term weather forecasting is difficult, but rain could return before the end of February. Depending on rain amounts, timing and intensity, groundwater flood impacts could continue for longer, or return. We will continue to monitor levels and forecasts. If you have pumps to help manage water levels in basements, please ensure they are operational. We will update this message by 17:00 06/02/2023.

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Flood alert area: Communities at risk of groundwater flooding to the north of Chichester, including West Dean, Singleton, Charlton, East Dean and Chilgrove

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