Flood-hit West Sussex homeowners urged to tackle risk

Tanker pumping water from Felpham
Image caption Tankers had to be brought in to pump water from the streets of nearby Felpham

Residents and businesses in a town hit by severe flooding this summer are being urged to take part in flood prevention event next week.

More than 500 homes in West Sussex were affected by heavy rain in June, the county council said.

Flood action groups will be at a "flood fair" in Bognor Regis on Wednesday to show people how to protect their homes.

Experts from the council, Environment Agency, fire service and Southern Water will be giving advice.

They will also be advising homeowners to sign up for free severe weather alerts.

Councillor Christine Field, the cabinet member for public protection, said: "More than 28,000 properties in West Sussex have the potential to be threatened by flooding so it is important people know how to defend themselves."

Holiday park rescues

Towns across the county were hit by flooding this summer after heavy rain.

In Littlehampton, homes were evacuated and the town saw floodwater that was 4ft (1.2m) deep.

More than 20 people, including several children, were rescued from flooded caravans at two holiday parks in Bracklesham Bay.

Flood action groups have been set up in Felpham and Shripney, where roads were left impassable in June.

Members will be advising homeowners on what action to take at the fair to be held from 14:00 GMT in the Alexander Theatre.

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