‘We still need more rain in the Midhurst and Petworth area’

The River floods into fields next to Woolbeding Bridge
The River floods into fields next to Woolbeding Bridge

Despite the wettest April since records began in 1910, there is no sign of the hosepipe ban being lifted in the Midhurst and Petworth area.

Rain has lashed down across the area since the ban was introduced on April 5.

The River Rother has burst its banks at Woolbeding, in Lickfold and in Fittleworth and roads and fields have been flooded.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency told the Observer 148mm of rain had fallen in West Sussex through April compared with the average April rainfall for the area of 57mm.

“This represents 258 per cent of the long term average,” she said.

But the message from Southern Water which supplies the Midhurst and Petworth area is: “The rain has helped but we still need more.”

Although the recent heavy rain had topped up reservoirs and rivers, very little would soak down and recharge the chalk aquifer which feeds customers in the Midhurst and Petworth area.

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer May 3