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Flash floods hit South East towns

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Heavy rainfall has led to flash floods in the South East after up to an inch of rain fell in one hour, it has been reported.

Roads and shops have been affected in parts of East Sussex and Surrey following the heavy rain on Wednesday afternoon.

The flooding in Uckfield appeared to have been caused by problems with the drains as they overflowed, while water had to be cleared from The Mall shopping centre in Camberley.

Kieran Meehan, assistant manager of the Cock and Bull pub in Uckfield, told the BBC that the damage caused by the floods is "gutting". He added: "It was a very fast downpour, it was over in a flash."

The Environment Agency said the town was prone to flooding due to its location, which may affect those residents who want to claim on their home insurance.

However, it added the rivers were "not at risk" of breaking their banks.

In October 2000, 18 homes and 115 businesses were flooded in Uckfield, and a flood wall was built by the Environment Agency to protect properties in the East Sussex town last year.

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