VIDEO: Fallen trees cause disruption on Sussex roads

SEVERAL roads around the county are blocked due to fallen trees caused by the storm (October 28).

Sussex Police said at least 150 trees had fallen across Sussex overnight.

Storm damage - Trees at Cawley Road, Chichester

Storm damage - Trees at Cawley Road, Chichester

A road in Fishbourne is partially blocked by a tree - the A259 Main Road between Salthill Road and Fishbourne Roundabout, so avoid this route if possible.

There is a second tree blocking the same road, but this time in Bosham, at the Old White Swan roundabout.

A tree fell in Cawley Road, Chichester, which was blocking the entrance to the doctors’ surgery, but has now been moved.

Fallen trees are blocking the Liphook to Milland Road, as well as the A272 at Trotten bridge between Midhurst and Petersfield.

Fallen tree blocks the Liphook to Milland Road

Fallen tree blocks the Liphook to Milland Road

Other fallen trees have been reported near the Woolpack Inn in Chichester, Walberton Road in Walberton and in College Lane in Chichester.

Sussex Police inspector Steve Grace has been monitoring the situation on the roads across the county.

“There have been two main problems - surface water and fallen trees,” he said. “The rain seems to be easing now, but there are large expanses of water on the roads and you just don’t always see them in the dark. Hit one even at moderate speed and you can find yourself completely out of control.

“Fallen trees have blocked roads all over Sussex and as my colleague found out, when one falls right in front of you, there’s no chance of avoiding it. If you have no choice but to drive then please do so with the utmost caution, but if you can stay at home until the worse of it blows through, then I’d recommend you do so.”

Superintendent Grenville Wilson has been leading the Sussex Police operation to deal with the storm.

“While we know we are going to experience the full severity of the storm for a few more hours yet, the major impact at the moment would appear to be on the county’s roads,” he said. “The Environment Agency has issued 12 coastal flood alerts right along the coast and tell me that there has been more rain than predicted, but as yet we have not seen any significant problems.

“We are now watching to see what the height of the winds will bring and we anticipate that there will be more road disruption caused by fallen trees. Roads are being closed and re-opening all the time, so listen in to your local radio stations for updates on where there are problems on routes you may be planning to use. However, unless your journey really is necessary I would suggest that you try to delay it until at least lunchtime.

“If you’re not off to work and are planning to venture out to look at Mother Nature at her mightiest, do look after yourselves At 3.30am, I was watching people on CCTV on Brighton Beach dancing around at the waves’ edge, occasionally being overtaken by the advancing water. One slip and they could have found themselves in real danger, along with the people who would try to rescue them.

“We witnessed the tragic power of the sea at Newhaven yesterday and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young lad who is sadly still missing. I don’t want to see that repeated.”

Many homes are also affected by power cuts – many caused by fallen trees – with Arundel, Bury, Fontwell and Pulborough among the areas hit.

Earlier flood warnings along the Manhood Peninsular and the Bosham to Thorney Island stretch are now no longer in place.

To report any fallen trees contact West Sussex Highways on 01243 642105.

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