Flood Alert issued, 28th January

Flood Alert issued.

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency at 11.10 on Tursday 28th January, it will mainly affect low lying roads and fields and flooding of property is not expected.

Any updates received will be published on the Parish Council website and Facebook page.

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal.
Flooding is possible for: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, including Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Bodiam.            Be prepared.

Following heavy overnight rainfall on wet catchments, river levels have risen on the River Rother. It is anticipated that levels will continue to rise through today, 28 January 2021. Property flooding is not expected, but low lying land and roads may be inundated through the day of 28 January 2021.

We are monitoring the situation and have teams patrolling the catchment. The forecast for tonight is for further light rainfall, with unsettled weather set to continue for several days to come.

Members of the public should avoid flood water and stay aware, as further information may be forthcoming.

To check the latest information for your area visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF351

Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 217019.   Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

Vaccination site update

Rural Rother vaccination site – Etchingham

Statement for partners/social media/media

Update on COVID-19 vaccination service – GP led service set to go live in Etchingham next week
Thanks to an extraordinary effort by the NHS across Sussex, a new GP led vaccination service is due to go live next week to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to people in Rural Rother.
The GP led vaccination service at Etchingham Village Hall will be a partnership between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and the following GP practices:
Fairfield Surgery, Ferry Road Health Centre, Martins Oak Surgery, Northiam and Broad Oak Surgery, Oldwood Surgery, Rye Medical Centre, and Sedlescombe and Westfield Surgeries
The service will offer vaccine appointments to registered patients at the GP practices in line with the national priority groups, starting with those who are over the age of 80.
Preparations at Etchingham Village Hall are being finalised this week with the aim that the first vaccines will begin to be administered at the start of next week, subject to a confirmed vaccine delivery date.
The GP practice teams have been identifying their patients who are eligible at this stage and appointments will be booked in over the coming days.
In terms of the way the vaccination programme is being rolled out, the model for GP vaccination services has been agreed nationally and each area is typically allocated one GP-led vaccination site where all patients from a group of GP practices receive their vaccinations.
Each of the GP practices in Rural Rother have small sites and small staff numbers compared to large urban GP practices, and so did not feel they could continue to provide high levels of care for their patients and support the programme initially in the way it had to be implemented according to the national model.
However, this new GP led service will mean the GP practices and SCFT work together to bring all of their local knowledge to support the roll out of the vaccination programme to patients.
We recognise that at the current time, with one site at Etchingham, some people will have to travel further than others to get their vaccination depending on where they live in the local area.
We would like reassure everyone that there are discussions about further locations in the area and how the vaccination can be transported and offered from GP practices. This is a fast moving programme and over the coming weeks, there may be the option to provide the vaccine from more sites across our communities very soon.

The location of the GP-led vaccination service does not affect the speed by which people living in the Rural Rother area will receive their vaccination. The timing for when people will be able to get their vaccination depends largely on the availability of the vaccine and the priority group they are in.

If anyone is concerned about how they will travel to get a vaccine during lockdown, it should be noted that, under the national guidance, it is permissible to receive a lift from someone, pay for transport if you are able or there are some community transport providers offering this support in terms of transport for medical appointments.

You can find information about community and non-emergency transport on the East Sussex County Council website, or call the community hub on 01273 099956.
People are asked not to contact your GP practice but to wait until you are contacted. You will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available for you.
We are also asking people not to turn up early for their appointments. Arriving on time will help us manage the number of people at the venue and help keep our patients and staff safe.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is the biggest immunisation programme ever undertaken by the NHS.  As we roll out vaccines, we’d like to remind people of 3 things:

  1. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact us beforehand.
  2. Please act on your invite when it comes.
  3. Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS

Why is the vaccine not available at other locations?
As soon as the NHS started to make plans for the COVID-19 vaccination programme we began exploring where we could offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients in Rural Rother.
The sites need to be able to accommodate large numbers of people on a daily basis (at least 300 a day.) We also need space for people to wait for their appointment and be monitored for a short while after their vaccination.
The site also needs to have internet access, IT and facilities to be able to carry out the vaccination safely and in line with government guidance.
We have received incredible support from our communities and our partners with helpful suggestions of locations. However, the tight criteria meant that other sites, some of which were more centrally located, were not suitable.

More information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme is available here: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/covid-19-vaccination-sites/

Vaccination Hub Volunteers required.

CAN YOU HELP STOP THE PANDEMIC?
 
IMPORTANT – These are not ‘clinical’ roles
 

Message from Rother Voluntary Action.The NHS are looking for volunteers to help with a smooth roll out of the Covid vaccine, which will be happening from Etchingham Village halls (Parker Hall).  They’re after people who are already registered as volunteers locally, so that they don’t have to worry about the DBS’s and paperwork – as it is a short-term role.  Would anyone be interested?  Full details in these two documents……….

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FLOOD WARNING update

Update at 10am 28th December – Flood Warning no longer in force.

River Rother at Etchingham

Flooding is expected – immediate action required

River levels are falling but remain high as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected to continue overnight into Monday 28 December. Further heavy showers are expected overnight which could cause river levels to rise again and threaten low lying properties again at Etchingham from 8am on Monday morning. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the day on Monday. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message by 9am on Monday 28 December, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 

FLOOD WARNING issued

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

 (Some low lying properties at risk of flood)

Flood Warning in force: River Rother at Etchingham.

Flooding is expected for: Etchingham, including areas along the railway east and south of the village.

Immediate action required.

River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of property, roads and low lying land is expected between from midday today, including low lying property at Etchingham.
We expect river levels to remain high throughout Sunday 27 December 2020.
We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required.
Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued.
This message will be updated by 8pm this evening, or as the situation changes.

What you should consider doing now

* Act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your family and pets to a safe place.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items of personal value that you will not be able to replace (such as family photographs). Next move valuables (such as computers), movable furniture and furnishings.

* You may need to leave your property, so pack a bag with enough items for a few nights away. Include essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance information, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your property. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your property if told to do so. Most evacuation centres will let you bring your pets.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064FWF51A

Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 317018.

Flood Alert update

Flood Alert update;

Issued 8.35am on Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

River levels remain high and are rising again at Crowhurst Bridge in response to some heavy showers last night. Further flooding of low lying land close to the river is possible from later this afternoon, particularly in locations around Crowhurst Bridge and Etchingham. Further heavy showers are expected during the day today which could continue into Thursday morning. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses in the area. This Flood Alert message will be updated by 9pm this evening, Wednesday 23 December, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 

Flood Alert issued

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

21st December 2020, 12.45.

Flood Alert in force: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal.
Flooding is possible for: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, including Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Bodiam.                   Be prepared.

River levels are rising as a result of heavy rainfall.  Flooding is expected from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 21 December. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the river, particularly in the Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham and Robertsbridge areas. Property flooding is not expected.

The rainfall is expected to clear this afternoon, but further heavy showers are possible this evening. We expect river levels to remain high until Tuesday afternoon, 22 December. We are closely monitoring the situation.  Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses in the area. This message will be updated by 9pm this evening, Monday 21 December, or as the situation changes.

To check the latest information for your area visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF351

Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 217019.

Updates will be posted on the Parish Council social media pages and sent out on the Parish Council Email Messaging Service, if you are not already on the mailing list enter your name and email address at the bottom of any page on the Parish Council website and you will be added to the list.

Covid-19, Tier 4 information

East Sussex together

19 December 2020

Important update for everyone in East Sussex

New Covid restrictions start tomorrow

New Covid restrictions which affect all of us in East Sussex from tomorrow (Sunday) have been announced by the Government.

In Hastings and Rother

Hastings and Rother have been placed in a new tier (tier 4 – stay at home) because of the very rapid spread of the virus.

The new restrictions mean:

  • you must stay at home whenever possible
  • non-essential shops must close
  • gyms, hair and beauty and other close contact services must close
  • you can only meet one other person not from your household and only in an open public space
  • you must not travel to areas in other tiers (unless it’s absolutely essential for work, medical reasons or education)
  • no travel abroad
  • no mixing of households at Christmas
  • support bubbles are still allowed
  • communal worship can continue

Find out about the full restrictions in tier 4

In Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden

Eastbourne. Lewes and Wealden remain in tier 2 (high alert) but the rules for Christmas have changed.

  • You can still meet in a bubble of up to three households, but only on Christmas day
  • You cannot include households from tier 4 in your bubble

Find out about the full restrictions in these areas

You are strongly advised to ‘stay local’ whenever possible and act as if you carried the infection. You should not leave the country except for urgent work reasons.

The government will continue to review health and infection data and will decide on any new changes to tiers by 30 December at the latest.

We will keep our website updated with more help and information about coronavirus in East Sussex

Hands. Face. Space.

 

Update from ETSR

News from ETSR


We are very sorry to confirm that, as a result of today’s announcement that Rother is to move into Tier 3 Covid 19 restrictions, the Village Halls will be closed until further notice in line with Government Guidelines.

On a brighter note, the December draw for the 100 Club has taken place, yielding further new winners! Congratulations to Mary Phillips, Chas French and Naomi Mansfield. We still have places available if you would like to become a member and make a valuable contribution to the halls, whilst giving yourself the chance of a cash prize each month. Full details are available from paulstott@live.co.uk and nicky@homebirth.net
Everyone connected with ETSR would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year and to thank you for your fabulous support and encouragement during a somewhat trying year!! Best wishes and here’s to a greatly improved 2021.

Flood alert issued

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

3rd December, 18.15.

Flood Alert in force: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal.

Flooding is possible for: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, including Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Bodiam.

Be prepared.

River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall during Thursday 3 December.  Flooding of roads and low lying land is a possibility at any location near the river around Etchingham, Robertsbridge and Bodiam,  and minor flooding is expected between 11:00 pm on Thursday 3 December and Friday evening. Peak levels will be similar to the flooding on 16 November 2020. The internal flooding of properties is not expected at this point.  We currently expect river levels to stabilise on Friday but may rise again over the weekend with more wet weather due on Saturday.   We are closely monitoring the situation.  Our incident response staff are clearing trash screens and checking on river structures.  Please take care near the river and on flooded roads.  This message will be updated by 08:00 am on Friday, or as the situation changes.
To check the latest information for your area visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF351 or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 217019.