Updated story: Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre evacuated

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A major shopping centre in Eastbourne was evacuated this morning (Thursday).

Shoppers were asked to leave The Arndale Centre as water poured into the building following torrential rain.

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Eastbourne Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge said: “We took the decision to evacuate, and then close, the centre at 11.25am today because the heavy rain had caused drains to overflow and water had come into the centre in three different places and was a risk to public safety.

“The sheer volume of rainwater caused drainage problems throughout the town centre.

“Our customers were evacuated quickly and calmly and we reopened the centre 50 minutes later when the rain had subsided slightly.

“During the time the centre was closed, we lifted the barriers on the car park so that our customers were able to leave free of charge during this time.

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“We would like to thank our customers for their co-operation during the evacuation.

“We’re monitoring the situation at present.”

Meanwhile at Eastbourne Railway Station, platform one was closed briefly due to flooding and flooding also affected the line between Lewes and Wivelsfield.

The lines are now clear.

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The Herald understands that other shops and businesses have been forced to shut their doors because of downpour, including the Sovereign Centre.

There has also been flooding in the basement of the Eastbourne Herald offices in Gildredge Road.

Treasure Island was also affected by the torrential downpours. For more details, click here.

For an Airbourne weather update, click here.

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