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WEST SUSSEX LEADS RESPONSE TO HEAVY FLOODING

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As Chichester suffers the worst flooding it has experienced in 40 years, West Sussex CC is leading the emergency re...
As Chichester suffers the worst flooding it has experienced in 40 years, West Sussex CC is leading the emergency response from a command centre in the basement of County Hall.

The county's emergency planning team is co-ordinating the activities around the clock of all the agencies involved. These include the police, fire brigade, National Rivers Authority, district councils, the army and its own surveys department and highways direct service organisation.

The fire brigade has laid three miles of piping to carry water from the river into the Chichester canal basin and out to sea. Army Green Goddesses have been called in to help with pumping and the Royal Engineers have constructed Bailey bridges to keep roads open.

Until the emergency is passed, the council is not thinking about cost. 'We cannot be concerned with money at this stage. We need to save the historic city centre and we will worry about the money later', said a spokesman.
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