Heathfield flooding to be investigated

AN INVESTIGATION into the cause of flooding in Heathfield following heavy rain last month has been launched.

As part of its duty under the Flood and Water Management Act, East Sussex County Council has commissioned Ardent Consulting Engineers to look into what happened and whether any measures can be taken to avoid a similar incident happening again.

A number of properties in Wren Close were affected by the flooding after significant and intense rainfall on July 25.

The investigation will build on the initial evidence gathered by the county council’s Flood Risk Management Team, Wealden District Council, East Sussex Highways and Southern Water, and consultants will also speak to residents about their experience.

An initial report is expected to be completed before the end of September and will be published on the county council’s website.

More detailed work may be commissioned by the county council, depending on the outcome of the investigation.