Worthing flash floods: one year on

We might not be having the most summery weather, but don’t forget what it was like last year.

A year ago today, on July 28, 2014, Worthing was hit by flash flooding following torrential downpours. Homes and shops were damaged while the underpass at Worthing railway station and parts of Homefield Park were left underwater.

Emma Lyons in her flooded garden in July, 2014. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Emma Lyons in her flooded garden in July, 2014. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Emma Lyons, of Becket Road, Worthing, was left to deal with damage after the flood left her garden and kitchen knee-deep in water. Speaking at the time, she said: “It was just horrendous. I have never known it to come down like that. In all honesty, I don’t think it could be helped. It was just freak weather conditions. All I could think about doing was getting as much stuff upstairs as possible.”

And the weather meant bad news for commuters, too. Reporter Dan Cain’s partner, Natalie, captured the video, above, of the floods near the station, with water in the road lapping up against the bonnets of cars. Trains and bus routes were badly affected, and roads – including Newland Road, also pictured – suffered damage in parts of Worthing. A lightning strike in the Hove area led to a loss of power on the rail network between Hove and Littlehampton.

So, next time you’re thinking of moaning about this week’s weather, just remember it could be worse.

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Emma Lyons in her flooded kitchen in 2014. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Emma Lyons in her flooded kitchen in 2014. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

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Picture by Eddie Mitchell

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Newland Road, Worthing, was damaged by flood water

Newland Road, Worthing, was damaged by flood water