DESPITE the terrible weather over Christmas and New Year, people living in North Lancing escaped relatively unscathed compared with this time last year.
In December 2012, flood waters heaped misery on residents over the festive period, leaving households unable to use the toilet, take showers or do the washing up.
This year North Lancing has so far been spared, with only some localised waterlogging affecting people’s gardens.
Bill Freeman, of North Lancing Community Association, said he believed the maintenance work done last Christmas was responsible for the improvement this year.
“The stress it caused us last year was unbelievable,” said Mr Freeman.
“The flooding caused tremendous disruption to residents.
“It started on around December 21 and we had lorries pumping here for eight weeks. It was a desperate situation.”
Mr Freeman said this year North Lancing had escaped relatively unscathed, despite the persistent rain and high tides over Christmas.
“The hard work has paid off,” he said.
Last Christmas, people living in Manor way, Lancing , had drainage trucks operating around the clock for two months trying to clear the flood waters.
Adur district councillor for Manor ward Keith Dollemore said he was very pleased that the work the councils and Southern Water had done to relieve the situation had worked.
“Last year it was appalling,” he said.
“They were flooded, they had sewage in their homes, and the gas was cut off to some of them.”