The flooding that happened in Easebourne over the weekend was one of the worst events we’ve experienced and we would like to take this opportunity just to briefly explain why it happened and what’s happening to try to prevent it in the future.
Normally, the River Ez that flows past the White Horse Pub, enters a culvert and flows mostly underground until it reappears again at the back of the Conifers sports field. It should run through the fields and discharge into the River Rother downstream of the North Mill. The culvert is known to be damaged, and possibly undersized, resulting in the River Ez bursting out of the culvert and taking a new route flowing almost entirely through the streets.
We are working with the landowners effected and various Councils, investigating whether the culvert can be replaced. Until then, we regret that similar flood events might be possible and advise anyone in a vulnerable situation or at risk from flooding to take necessary precautions.
As soon as we have more information we’ll share on this website and on Facebook.
The Parish Council has arranged for Chichester District Council road sweepers to work on areas of the A272 and A286 tomorrow, Tuesday 18th Feb, that have suffered deposits of silt as a result of the flooding yesterday. If you would normally park along the road between Lutenor Road and Vanzell Road or just opposite the BP Station, please try to park elsewhere during the day.
The BP Station has very kindly offered use of their limited parking spaces to the left of the forecourt although they are expecting some drain clearance work to be taking place during the day so at times access on and off of the site maybe limited.
The Council has been investigating the problem of flooding in the village for some time. We are continuing to work with the relevant parties to agree an appropriate solution and hopefully avoid any further repeat of the weekend flooding.
You may have noticed the Mobile Speed Camera Van visited us last week. Operated by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, we’re on their list of approved sites although they never tell us when they’re planning to visit – for obvious reasons!
We understand that they have recently recruited more operators and so it looks like we should be seeing them more often, which is great news as people still don’t seem to realise that Easebourne is a 30mph zone. Please spread the word and please slow down or face an official penalty notice.
We would also like to start running some Community Speedwatch sessions again, so if you’re passionate about trying to reduce speeds in our village please consider volunteering. Email email@example.com to find out more.