Environment Agency releases statement about Rover Rother

BURST RIVER IN FITTLEWORTH. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
BURST RIVER IN FITTLEWORTH. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

AFTER a number of residents raised concerns about severe flooding, the Environment Agency contacted The Observer with a statement about the Rover Rother.

A spokesman told The Observer: “Information about local river levels received from members of the public is a great source of information for us.

“We use this information to confirm and ensure that our field teams are targeting the areas with the greatest need for our support.

“We can confirm that the gates at Stedham on the River Rother are currently in the open position. We recently inspected Stedham and saw that debris is now clearing from around the bridge arches and that the river levels are falling.

“We will of course continue to monitor the changing situation in this area and we will respond accordingly, as required.

“Over the last seven days properties across Sussex have indeed been affected by flooding. We have deployed pumps in Pulborough, Bramber and Houghton to help people who have been flooded over the festive period.

“Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the flooding and we urge people to remain vigilant and keep away from floodwater.

“For information on what to do before, during and after a flood, please visit our website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.”