Cuckmere River

Warning no longer in force

River levels have now fallen from their peak following Thursday’s rain. Light rain was recorded Saturday morning (16/01/2021) which will cause the Cuckmere to rise slightly Saturday afternoon in Hellingly, peaking Sunday morning in Alfriston. Impacts, if any from today’s rain will be minimal, and it is not expected to result in any flood impacts to property. Saturday evening (16/01/2021) and Sunday (17/01/2021) are forecast to be dry allowing the river to return to more normal levels by Sunday afternoon. Rain is forecast for Tuesday (19/01/2021) and Wednesday (20/01/2021). There is significant uncertainty in the amount of rain and where it will fall. The possibility remains of heavy rain on Wednesday (20/01/2021) and the risk of flooding to properties from Wednesday onwards (20/01/2021), so please remain prepared to take action, to reduce potential flood impacts next week. We will re-issue this message if our confidence in the risk of flooding increases.

Information supplied by the Environment Agency

This information last updated 12:57pm, Saturday 16th January.

Flood Warning Area Details

Cuckmere River and tributaries from Vines Cross to Exceat Bridge

Region: South East

Counties covered: East Sussex

Watercourses covered: Cuckmere River

Area covered by this alert location

The area bounded in blue on the map shows the area covered by flood alerts and warnings for Cuckmere River.

Icons on the map show nearby level monitoring stations. They are not necessarily related to this particular flood warning area.

Note: the area shown on the map is the area covered by flood alerts and warnings. It is not a live map of current flooding. The area covered broadly equates to the area where the risk of flooding in any year is greater than 1% (the "hundred year" flood risk).

Other Nearby Flood Warning Locations

Hellingly and Horsebridge
Cuckmere River and Bull River at Hellingly and Horsebridge including Mill Lane, Station Road and the A271 at Lower Horsebridge

No current or recent warnings.

Cuckmere River at Alfriston from Shermans Bridge to Deans Place Hotel including Milton Lock and Long Bridge

No current or recent warnings.

Tidal Cuckmere
Tidal areas of the Cuckmere valley from Cuckmere Haven to the A27 including Alfriston

No current or recent warnings.

Willingdon, Eastbourne and Langney Levels
Willingdon, Eastbourne and Langney Levels including Eastbourne Park and Langney Bridge

No current or recent warnings.

Inland areas of Eastbourne
Areas of Eastbourne at risk from a high tide including areas of Roselands, Willingdon Levels, areas near Shinewater Lake, West Langley Levels and Sovereign Harbour and Langney Village

No current or recent warnings. is an independent website. It is not associated with the Environment Agency or any other supplier of river level information. is a Good Stuff website.