Man rescued from flood water in Hurstpierpoint

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A man with a back problem had to be carried to dry land after getting stuck in a flood in Hurstpierpoint.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue service were called to Malthouse Lane in Hurstpierpoint after two cars got stuck in deep water .

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A man was helped out of one car by firefighters while a second car was pushed out of the water. The road was closed by West Sussex County Council Highways.

Michael Avery, of College Lane, Hurstpierpoint said West Sussex County Council had been alerted to blocked culverts in October but nothing had been done.

“About mid October I did a survey in Hurstpierpoint,” said Mr Avery.

“I reported the problems in Malthouse Lane to Hurstpierpoint Parish Council that the drains were blocked and needed to be sorted out.

“My email was passed to West Sussex County Council.”

Mr Avery said a council officer had looked at the situation, but the road still flooded at Christmas with people’s cars breaking down in the water.

“Cars had to be towed out,” he added. “They knew it was urgent but nothing has been done.

“If you get heavy rain you will get major problems. Some flooding is unavoidable.

“Everyone has known about it from the parish council to the county council.”

Mr Avery said he struggled to get to work because the road was closed.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We inspected the site on Friday, January 9 and will be jetting and clearing the blocked pipework in Malthouse Lane later this week.

“We will also be monitoring the location closely to make sure the clearance was a success.”

Cars were also abandoned in Monteswood Lane, Horsted Keynes.