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.

River levels have risen as a result of persistent heavy rainfall overnight and are forecast to rise further based on forecast heavy rain later on Tuesday 14 January. This rain will continue overnight until daytime on Wednesday 15 January.  Consequently, flooding of low lying roads and farmland is possible 6pm this evening 14 January, particularly in the Crowhurst Bridge area, around Shrub Lane and Etchingham.

Levels are likely to remain high throughout Wednesday 15 January. We are closely monitoring the situation.  Our incident response staff are checking our defences and structures.  Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.  This message will be updated  this evening by 9pm, 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.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.