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February 19 2015.

Lewes District Council Notice:

High tides have been forecast for Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd February. The Environment Agency predicts that these tides will coincide with low atmospheric pressure and strong winds, which will increase the total height of the tide.

We want to let you know although there may be localised “over topping” of the river banks, there is no indication that this will cause property flooding. However, due to the uncertainty of these predicted surges Lewes District Council is making sand bags available if you wish to have additional protection for your property. You can collect sandbags at the junction of Clifton Road, Transit Road and Norton Road from late afternoon on Thursday 19th.

Since the flooding to Newhaven in December 2013, river side sandbag walls have been constructed. We believe these temporary defences will provide adequate protection for residents.

If you are concerned about flooding please sign up to the Environment Agency’s flood warning service. You can do this on the Environment Agency’s website ( or by calling Flood line on 0345 988 1188.

You may find it helpful to know the following tide levels have been predicted for Newhaven in the coming days. The predicted levels include the influence of atmospheric pressure and wind. All are below the 7.8 metres that caused the flooding to Newhaven in December 2013.

• Friday 20th, 7.2 m at 12:01

• Saturday 21st, 7.5m at 00:28

• Saturday 21st, 7.4m at 12:47

• Sunday 22nd, 7.35m at 01:13

• Sunday 22nd, 7.25m at 13:32

• Monday 23rd, 7.10m at 01:55

• Monday 24th, 7.3m at 14:14