Flood Warning Info - Hellingly and Horsebridge

Area Description

Cuckmere River and Bull River at Hellingly and Horsebridge including Mill Lane, Station Road and the A271 at Lower Horsebridge.
This is a Flood Warning Area. For this area, you may receive Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings.
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There are no Flood Warnings currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

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Flood Warning History

Number of historic Flood Warnings that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Warning Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Warning may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Warning table above.

Flood Warning issued on 28 Dec 2020 11:44
Cuckmere River
River levels in Hellingly have fallen from their peak, but remain higher than normal. Minor flooding will continue to affect fields, gardens, rural roads and properties on Church Lane, Church Road and Station Road, Hellingly. Rain is forecast Monday. Rainfall totals will be less than Storm Bella but the rain will cause the river to rise again late this afternoon and evening (28/12/2020). Additional flooding of properties is not expected today, unless rain is heavier than predicted. A dry Tuesday should allow flood impacts to ease. But with potentially heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, please stay prepared for the risk of flooding to return this week. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 29/12/2020


Flood Warning issued on 27 Dec 2020 18:13
Cuckmere River
River levels in Hellingly are still very high, but are now slowly falling from their peak, following Storm Bella's heavy rain Sunday morning. Flooding will continue to affect fields, gardens, rural roads and properties on Church Lane, Church Road and Station Road, Hellingly. A small amount of rain is forecast at 23:00 27/12/2020, which might briefly raise river levels again, potentially to levels that could affect properties, given how high the river already is. Monday's weather forecast is still a little uncertain, but the latest indications suggest a drier day than previously forecast. Which will enable river levels to fall and flood impacts to ease Monday. The remainder of the week looks largely dry too. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 28/12/2020


Flood Warning issued on 27 Dec 2020 05:56
Cuckmere River
The Cuckmere River is high and rising. Storm Bella has brought 20mm of rain at Cowbeech, a further 10mm will fall. This is a large amount of rain in a short period of time. From 06:30 27/12/2020 flooding will affect fields, rural roads including Mill Lane and Station Road, gardens and properties on Mill Lane, Hellingly. From 08:30 27/12/2020, flooding will affect properties on Church Lane and Church Road, Hellingly. Flooding could also affect Hammer Lane near Cowbeech and Grove Hill near Grovebridge Farm. Rain will clear about 09:00, leaving Sunday afternoon largely dry. River levels should begin to fall by 20:00, 27/12/2020. However, further rain Monday could keep river levels higher than normal into next week. Some roads may become impassable, please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 20:00 27/12/2020.


Flood Warning issued on 4 Dec 2020 15:35
Cuckmere River
The Bull River through Hellingly is still very high, but is now slowly falling. Only small amounts of rain are forecast for the next few days, which should allow river levels to fall further. It might take until Saturday afternoon before the river has fallen nearer to normal. Flooding will continue to affect fields, rural roads and gardens of properties near Station Road and Church Lane, Hellingly. The Cuckmere River through Mill Lane, Hellingly has already fallen nearer to normal, and impacts here should ease sooner. There is still a low probability that further heavy rain could occur Saturday, which would cause river levels to rise again, and risk of flooding return. Please plan to avoid driving through routes susceptible to flooding, including roads mentioned in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:30 5/12/2020


Flood Warning issued on 4 Dec 2020 04:48
Cuckmere River
The Cuckmere and Bull Rivers are high and rising, following 40mm of rain In the last 24 hours, an amount you'd normally see in an average fortnight. From 05:30 Friday 4/12/2020 flooding will affect properties on Mill Lane, Hellingly. From 08:00 Friday 4/12/2020 water could flow across Station Road and Church Lane, Hellingly, and affect a small number of gardens and properties on those roads too. Mill Lane, Hellingly is likely to be impassable. From 06:00 4/12/2020 the rain should clear, leaving a largely dry day Friday. Which should allow the river to begin to fall by 16:00 4/12/2020. Water levels could near the height seen on 15th November. With low pressure never far away, further rain is possible Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which could see the risk of flooding return. Please plan to avoid driving through routes susceptible to flooding, including roads mentioned in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 17:00 4/12/2020


Flood Warning issued on 15 Nov 2020 19:49
Cuckmere River
The Cuckmere and the Bull River are now slowly starting to fall at Hellingly, but remain a lot higher than normal. Flooding will continue to impact fields, gardens, roads and potentially properties along Station Road and Church Lane, Hellingly. No further rain is forecast for this evening and it should remain relatively dry until Wednesday (18/11/2020). Although it is possible river levels might briefly rise until 00:00 Monday 16/11/2020, river levels are expected to fall overnight, returning to normal levels in Hellingly by Monday evening. Some roads may remain impassable. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 14:00 on Monday (16/11/2020).


Flood Warning issued on 15 Nov 2020 10:32
Cuckmere River
The Cuckmere River and Bull Rivers are high and rising, following an intense band of rain Sunday morning (15/11/2020). From 11:30 on Sunday (15/11/2020) Mill Lane, Hellingly is likely to be impassable and water could affect Mill properties as well. Water is also likely to flow across Station Road and Church Lane Hellingly from the Bull River, with gardens also affected. With more showers Sunday afternoon, river levels might not peak until 20:00 15/11/2020, but with Monday and Tuesday largely dry, the River should return to normal by Tuesday morning. Some roads may become impassable. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 20:00 on Sunday (15/11/2020).


Flood Warning issued on 6 Mar 2020 10:20
Cuckmere River
River levels in Hellingly have fallen from their peak, but are still high. Friday and Saturday 7/3/2020 are forecast to be dry. River levels will continue to fall slowly, but until Saturday 7/3/2020 flood impacts will continue to affect properties and gardens on Church Lane and Station Road, as well as widespread water in fields. More rain is predicted Sunday morning and Monday afternoon 9/3/2020. The risk of flooding will increase again, dependant on the amount of rain we receive. Current predictions suggest river levels could return to similar heights seen Thursday 5/3/2020, but probably slightly lower. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding, such as the roads suggested in this message. We continue to monitor river levels and forecasts. We will update this message by 12:00 7/3/2020


Flood Warning issued on 5 Mar 2020 15:11
Cuckmere River
The Cuckmere and Bull Rivers are rising steadily in response to 17mm of rainfall this morning. A further 8mm of rainfall is forecast before the end of the day. Flooding is expected from 16:30 along Mill Lane and Station Road and from 18:00 along Church Lane, 05/03/2020. Isolated properties on Mill Lane, Hellingly will be affected. Water is likely to flow across Station Road and Church Lane, Hellingly from the Bull River, towards properties along Church Road, with gardens also affected. Thursday evening and Friday will be relatively dry, so river levels should begin to fall in the area from 09:00 on Friday 06/03/2020. However, further rain is forecast into next week and so levels may rise and flood risk could return again. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding, including the roads suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 06/03/2020.


Flood Warning issued on 17 Feb 2020 08:53
Cuckmere River
River levels are still high on the Cuckmere, but are now beginning to fall, after Storm Dennis's widespread heavy rain. Flood impacts will continue to affect fields, gardens, roads and isolated properties. Including on Station Road and Church Lane Hellingly. Please continue to take care in and around flood affected areas, flood water can contain hidden dangers. Rain has now cleared, and only isolated showers are expected until Thursday 20/2/2020. These showers are unlikely to cause river levels to rise significantly, if at all. River levels may not return to normal until Tuesday morning 18/2/2020. Plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 11:00 18/2/2020.


Flood Warning issued on 16 Feb 2020 16:48
Cuckmere River
Water levels in the Cuckmere River are rising quickly following 30 mm of persistent rain today 16/02/2020. From 19:00 this evening 16/02/2020 isolated flooding impacts are expected to affect fields, rural roads and gardens. Mill Lane, Hellingly is likely to be impassable and water could affect Mill properties as well. Water is likely to flow across Station Road and Church Lane Hellingly from the Bull River with gardens also affected. Impacts will be similar to those experienced in the year 2013. Rain is expected tomorrow 17/02/2020 but is not expected to increase water levels. The river will peak by 04:00 tomorrow 17/02/2020, returning to normal by the afternoon. Some roads may become impassable, please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. This message will be updated by 20:00 17/02/2020


Flood Warning issued on 22 Dec 2019 10:34
Cuckmere River
River levels are still high following Saturday’s rain. Flooding impacts will continue. Locations to be affected will include water flowing across Station Road and Church Lane in Hellingly, with gardens also affected. River levels have already peaked and are now falling. Sunday and Monday should stay largely dry, which should allow river levels to fall towards normal by Monday afternoon 23/12/2019. There remains a possibility of heavy showers on Tuesday 24/12/2019; we'll share more information over the coming days. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding, including the roads suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 23/12/2019.


Flood Warning issued on 21 Dec 2019 16:38
Cuckmere River
River levels are still high following Friday’s heavy rain. More widespread rain is forecast from 17:00 today 21/12/2019, until 08:00 22/12/2019. Flooding is possible from 02:00 22/12/2019. Locations to be affected will include Mill properties on Mill Lane in Hellingly. Water is likely to flow across Station Road, and Church Lane Hellingly, from the Bull River towards properties along the road, with gardens also affected. River levels will peak by 17:00 22/12/2019 and then slowly fall. Sunday and Monday should stay largely dry, but rain is forecast for Tuesday (24/12/2019), which may cause river levels to rise again. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding, including the roads suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 12:00 22/12/2019.


Flood Warning issued on 20 Dec 2019 19:31
Cuckmere River
Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are still very high on the Cuckmere and Bull Rivers. Flood impacts will likely continue until Sunday 22/12/2019. Locations affected will include Mill properties on Mill Lane, Hellingly. Water is likely to flow across Station Road and Chuch Lane Hellingly from the Bull River, towards properties along the road, with gardens also affected too. A small amount of rain early Saturday morning will be followed by more widespread rain between 17:00 Saturday 21/12/2019 and 08:00 Sunday 22/12/2019. While river levels may fall slightly Friday night and Saturday morning, by Sunday (22/12/2019) river levels will likely return to heights similar to Friday, if not higher. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding, including the roads suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 17:00 21/12/2019.


Flood Warning issued on 20 Dec 2019 05:24
Cuckmere River
Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are high and rising on the Cuckmere and Bull Rivers. Flooding is expected from 06:30 20/12/2019. Locations to be affected will include Mill properties on Mill Lane, Hellingly. Water is likely to flow across Station Road and Chuch Lane Hellingly from the Bull River, towards properties along the road, with gardens also affected too. The widespread rain should clear from 09:00 20/12/2019, leaving a largely dry day Friday, apart from isolated showers. Widespread rain will return from 15:00 Saturday 21/12/2019. River levels will continue to rise until 19:00 20/12/2019, but further increases should be expected Saturday evening (21/12/2019) following the next band of rain. Please plan to avoid driving through routes vulnerable to flooding, including the roads suggested in this message. We continue to monitor the levels and forecast. We will update this message by 21:00 20/12/2019.