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On 8 Mar 2021 at 6:11pm Local99 wrote:
Does anyone know if it's possible to find maps on-line showing the extent of the 2000 flood please?
On 8 Mar 2021 at 8:10pm Formerly AC-T wrote:
The Environment Agency has flood risk maps, presumably the risk would reflect the area flooded in 2000.
At the time, it was rumoured that part of Malling was missed off the map, and that's why residents there got very little warning.
If you're interested in a specific street or something, people on here would probably remember if it was flooded in 2000.
On 8 Mar 2021 at 8:52pm Local99 wrote:
Thanks last time I looked, the Environment Agency maps weren't accessible any longer. I'll look again.
I was interested in the railway lands, Court Road, and where the Premier Inn now is.......
On 8 Mar 2021 at 11:42pm IDM wrote:
I would say almost certainly flooded. I was in Priory Street. The station tracks were flooded to about three feet. There is a slight hill from the Cliffe, Court Road and the now Premier Inn to the station; that's my reasoning. Priory Street is slightly higher still and basements and the cellar in The King's Head were flooded.
If you search "Lewes East Sussex floodplain", there is a good map of the current area of concern which looks like the 2000 area. There is also "The Lewes Flood", probably still available in town bookshops (it would be a must buy for tourists!).
On 9 Mar 2021 at 12:06pm Tom Pain wrote:
Yes Court Rd.was about 3 foot deep, so was the premier Inn site, Cliffe and the supermarket and of course the railway land.
On 9 Mar 2021 at 6:02pm Formerly AC-T wrote:
Private Eye had a picture of Lewes station, with the water on the tracks almost up to the the level of the platform.
When it had subsided enough for the trains to start running again, the fields up by Hamsey were still under water. From the top of the chalk pit, it looked as though the trains were running on water, because the flood level was almost up to the tracks.
On 9 Mar 2021 at 6:16pm Eighties Boy wrote:
You could row or punt a boat down Cliffe High Street, attach a rope to moor-up on a bollard near Bag 'O' Books, then walk up Chapel Hill to survey the scene.
Lewes was unrecognisable, vast tracts of water, and familiar sights just gone.
On 10 Mar 2021 at 12:39pm Local99 wrote:
Have found the Flood Report online. It shows Court Road flooded, but none of the houses and flats beyond Greyfriars and the Guinness Trust buildings. Where did you recall 3' down there, Tom?
On 10 Mar 2021 at 1:20pm Basil wrote:
'If you search "Lewes East Sussex floodplain", there is a good map of the current area...'
The maps are blank when I go to the site. Is it just me?
On 10 Mar 2021 at 11:49pm IDM wrote:
Search "Lewes East Sussex flood plain". Select (1) "Lewes flood alerts and warnings". This gives the area now covered by a flood warning - but the 2000 area was larger. A depth post in a cottage 100 yards up Malling Street from the snail shows about two feet. When we can get at it, there is a depth post inside the front door of Cliffe Vets, perhaps three feet.
Below this website heading is a box "Lewes flood 2000". This will take you to piles of pictures giving a good idea of how bad things were and covering some of the places that Local99 mentions.
Select (2) "Lewes Flood Plan". P2 of Section 1 tells us that 1400 residents in 613 properties were affected, but it doesn't say where.
I've remembered the caption to the PE cover: The next gondola to London will depart at ...
On 12 Mar 2021 at 4:22pm Formerly AC-T wrote:
I was reminded earlier about the dead cow that washed up outside the Dorset.
On 12 Mar 2021 at 6:50pm Horseman7 wrote:
And the cat that went all the way to Newhaven on his shed roof before being rescued by the RSPCA.
On 12 Mar 2021 at 11:26pm Tom Pain wrote:
99, it was a guess. I noticed the water was well up car doors and thought the interiors would be ruined and wondered if the engines would be serviceable when dry. Funny the thoughts that run through your mind in a crisis.

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