SWIMMERS and surfers were warned against entering the water at Lancing beach on Tuesday after Monday’s storm forced Southern Water to dump sewage into the sea.
The torrential rain was too much for the drains to cope with and flooded the sewer system.
Southern Water said it was forced to release some excess flows from its East Worthing treatment works to help alleviate some of the flooding in the town and protect people’s homes.
Speaking on Monday, a Southern Water spokesman said: “There has been widespread flooding in the area this morning following torrential rain.
“Some 56mm of rain, more than a month’s worth, fell in just one hour early this morning, overwhelming the local drainage network.
“As a result, water flooded into our sewers causing the sewerage system to back up in some roads and open spaces.
“Because of the sheer volume of water, we used our East Worthing treatment works to release some of the stormwater out to sea to prevent further flooding.”
The warning remains in place today, although many kite surfers have been in the water all week.
For the full report, see today’s Lancing Herald.