A temporary closure of Splash Point will be in place later today as a way of protecting the public during the expected strong winds and particularly high tides. We apologise for any inconvenience; the Town Council will reopen the area as soon as it is safe enough to do so.
Wind and Wave Safety - top 5 safety tips (from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency)
Selfies; It’s not worth risking your life for ‘that selfie’. Keep off groynes, piers, jetties and harbour walls. Big waves can knock you over in a flash. If you can feel the spray, you’re too close.
Wave dodging; playing ‘dares’ with waves is dangerous in the best of weathers. Rocks and walls can be slippery, often there’s nothing to grab hold of if you’re caught off balance and rogue waves and strong currents can sweep you out to sea in seconds.
Doggie dont’s; do keep your canine friends close and on leads if you’re out on the cliffs or the coast. You never know when an ‘interesting’ smell or meeting another dog can lead to trouble. If your dog gets stuck or trapped, call the coastguard for help, we have teams out and about at all times, trained for fast response.
Cliff crisis; avoid a crisis on the cliffs by staying well away from the edges, especially in windy conditions when you and children are at risk of being caught off balance. During and after bad weather, cliff faces are especially unstable and landslides and rock falls are common.
Keep in touch; keep a note of tide times so you don’t get trapped and take a fully charged mobile (ideally with a location or ‘find me’ app) so you can call for help if things go wrong. Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
If you or anyone is in trouble on the coast, don’t delay calling for help. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
The advice received from the Environment Agency on expected rainfall and coastal flooding over the next few days is that strong winds and large waves, coinciding with spring tides and a surge, will generate spray and cause minor coastal flood risk this evening, and in particular over Wednesday’s early morning tide (~02:00 15/01/2020).
Water levels will then start to fall, and winds ease slightly for the rest of the week, which should reduce coastal flood risk. They will be issuing a small number of coastal flood alerts today to prepare the public for the possibility of minor flooding tonight.
A lot of rain could fall this afternoon, evening, overnight and Wednesday morning – however there is still lots of uncertainty in quite how much, and exactly which areas are most at risk. Property flooding could occur if the highest rainfall amounts materialise. The suggestion is that more rain may fall in West Sussex, but predictions may change.
If the heaviest rain does occur, Flood Warnings will be issued. Flood warning information can be found here -https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings