Heavy rainfall causes flooding in town centre and causes disruption to businesses

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WORTHING FLOODING  - RAILWAY APPROACH WORTHING  WORTHING STATION
WORTHING FLOODING - RAILWAY APPROACH WORTHING WORTHING STATION

HEAVY rainfall has caused flooding in a town centre and has affected some businesses.

Fire fighters were called to unblock drains in Tarring Road, Newland Road and Station Road in Worthing at around 1.30pm this afternoon.

It comes after The Met Office forecast scattered showers throughout the day, developing into “heavy and thundery” conditions during the afternoon.

One car workshop in Station Road was flooded with around one foot of water but staff are “back to work” after draining it.

The Argus: Flooding in Station Road
The Argus: Flooding in Station Road

Flooding in Station Road

The Mr Chippy chip shop in Tarring Road was lucky enough to not to be flooded and said the fire service has now cleared water near their shop.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) sent two fire engines to try and drain the affected roads.

Jamie Parsons, owner of Prestige Paintworx, said:“It flooded our workshop, just water damage really. It was probably about a foot deep, it flooded the whole road.

The Argus: A near miss for Mr Chippy in Tarring Road
The Argus: A near miss for Mr Chippy in Tarring Road

A near miss for Mr Chippy in Tarring Road

“The water started coming about 1.30pm. We have it all sorted now, back to work. We cleared it.”

A spokeswoman for WSFRS said: "At 1.39pm we responded to flooding at Tarring Road, Worthing.

"Joint Fire Control sent two fire engines form Worthing and Littlehampton to the scene.

The Argus: WSFRS at work in Tarring Road
The Argus: WSFRS at work in Tarring Road

WSFRS at work in Tarring Road

"On arrival crews attempted to divert the water flow and requested the attendance of West Sussex County Council's highways team to pump the drains.

"Firefighters have now left the scene."

Showers are set to ease going into this evening, while tomorrow looks to start off dry before patchy rain spreads through the morning.

There is also patchy rain from Thursday going into the weekend.

Last week, The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning ahead of thunderstorms which hit the county.

A spokesman added that there is a “small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly”.

West Sussex County Council "will be attending the site in due course once flash flooding has eased".

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