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River Ouse

On 4 Jan 2016 at 7:26pm Johnny Vinyl wrote:
Just noticed a small box on this page, with a Flood Alert concerning the Upper Ouse.
When I clicked on it, the page was unavailable.
The other posts were for previous warnings dating back
a few years.
How reassuring!
On 4 Jan 2016 at 7:33pm Johnny Rubber wrote:
Better get your rubber boots ready.
On 4 Jan 2016 at 7:36pm Webbo wrote:
I've fixed the links now but the dates shown are the last date a warning/alert was issued for those areas as can be seen here

Check it out here »
On 4 Jan 2016 at 7:58pm Belladonna wrote:
At the risk of doing a Michael Fish... There is apparently no risk of Lewes flooding now or in the near future because of all the fabulous flood defences we now have - and we will be getting more with Phoenix development. So rest easy. And hopefully our insurance premium will also be going down.....
On 4 Jan 2016 at 9:12pm Downstreamer wrote:
More flood defences at the Phoenix mean more water with nowhere to go
On 4 Jan 2016 at 11:08pm Rosalyn St Pierre wrote:
There are ways to alleviate flooding, by slowing the speed of flood water and letting the water into flood fields before the it gets to Lewes in large and fast quantities so that it gets blocked at the Cliffe Bridge. The Ouse and Adur Rivers Trusts have restored the meanders at Sheffield Park and Sharpsbridge and planted hundreds of saplings at those points to strengthen the banks and of course absorb some of the water. Next year they will restore more upstream.
But farmers are important in what crops are on the down land and which way any furrows lie. Water cascading off fields washes off the top soil so the water travels faster especially if hedges are grubbed out. But as anyone can see climate change is a major player one of the causes is vehicle emission. Surely anyone seeing the miles of traffic stacked around Earwig Corner must realise that if the Uckfield Lewes railway line was re-opened there would be fewer cars on the A 26. I have been campaigning on the re-opening for years, so support would be welcome.
On 5 Jan 2016 at 12:08am Old Mayor wrote:
Yep Ros ,you're also on the parking board, look what you've managed there !
On 5 Jan 2016 at 8:20am lost memory wrote:
It seems from Maria's new year message (where the lewes uckfield link is top of agenda) that she invented the campaign to reopen it. I must have errors in my memory.
On 5 Jan 2016 at 8:50am Sussex Jim wrote:
That was a good post, Rosalyn- apart from the change of subject at the end.
Just how many people who now drive into Lewes in the mornings from the Uckfield direction would choose to make that journey by train? Probably as few as those who have chosen to go by train from Eastbourne or Polegate, rather than drive in on the A27.
On 5 Jan 2016 at 12:02pm Casey jones wrote:
I have said all along we should get the guys from the railway at Bentley to build a nice 5" gauge track and run it alongside a cycle path on the same route. Their is no economic reason to justify the many millions restarting a railway that failed for lack of use.
On 5 Jan 2016 at 2:40pm Xplorer1 wrote:
Contrary to the usual dismalewes forum cynicism, carpings and moanings, I think the EA has done some very effective work upstream of Lewes. Living close to the Ouse in Lewes, it seems to me that the river - both currently and last winter - has been much better behaved, with flow far more even, moderate and consistent than before in periods of heavy rainfall.
On 5 Jan 2016 at 4:24pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Ros St.P is right insofar as farmers have a lot of responsibility for controlling floodwater with how they use their land. Sadly, farmers as a collective aren't renowned for their wider sense of social responsibility or reasonableness and the only way to persuade them to act in the interests of anyone besides themselves is to offer them an increase on the vast amount of state money they already receive. Given she spent her entire election campaign posing for selfies with sheep, Maria Caulfield might actually be in a position to influence the local farming community but one suspects she'd rather see Lewes under three feet of water than upset one of her tame, Tory voting NFU buddies.

Putting in a train line to Uckfield again is a nice idea but it would take about twenty years, inevitably cost in the billions to achieve and once open, Southern would charge about a tenner a ticket and nobody would bother with it.
On 5 Jan 2016 at 6:57pm One time commuter wrote:
Last time I used the Uckfield/Lewes line it was 1/6d single.
On 7 Jan 2016 at 8:58pm Lopster wrote:
Is that really what you meant to type IF?
On 9 Jan 2016 at 9:01am Doris wrote:
Flooding down by the rail line and Lanport Road presently or saturated ground, either way there's a lot of water down there.

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