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A27 flooding at Tangmere

We’re working closely with West Sussex County Council, National Highways and the Environment Agency following flooding on the A27 at Tangmere

Update 4.30pm Thursday 7 March

We’re continuing to work closely with National Highways, the Environment Agency and West Sussex County Council to investigate the cause and to ensure the road and the footbridge can open as quickly and safely as possible.

Currently our work on this has helped to clear local sewers and flow levels in the manholes nearby are starting to drop.  However any decision to re-open the road is with National Highways to decide – we expect this decision to be taken today.

We understand the impact this is having in the local area and continue to work with local customers and provide support where necessary. 

Update 1pm Thursday 7 March 

Following wastewater flooding of the A27 at Tangmere on the morning of Thursday 7 March, we’re working closely National Highways, the Environment Agency and West Sussex County Council to investigate the cause and to ensure the road and the footbridge can open as quickly and safely as possible.

We understand the impact this is having in the local area which is why it’s important there’s a multi-agency response to this. We are also working with local customers and providing support where necessary.

National Highways and West Sussex County Council have cleansed their respective drainage systems so we are investigating whether the issue is caused by a blockage in our wastewater network. Our teams are working as quickly as possible, in a safe and controlled manner, jetting sewers and using tankers to relieve pressure on the network.

We don’t believe there has been an impact to the environment, but as a precaution, we continue to take environmental impact assessments in the local area by taking water quality samples and visually surveying the area.

We will provide further updates about this incident and we urge drivers to plan journeys carefully.

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